Maserati recalls some of its GranTurismo models for improper door latches image

Maserati wants to replace the passenger side door latch assembly on 135 of its GranTurismo models, as some parts may fail, allowing the door to open.

Maserati North America is recalling model year 2016 GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertibles manufactured from June 24, 2015, to September 2, 2015. The 135 potential affected vehicles were built with passenger side door latch components that were not heat treated and in the event of a crash, the door latch may fail allowing the door to open, and thus increasing the risk of injury. The company will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side door latch assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015. The brand delivered 36,500 vehicles in 2014 and The GranTurismo accounts for only a small portion of the company’s total production, with only 3,500 units sold last year.

Maserati made another recall two months ago for certain Quattroporte cars, from the 2014 model year, because of an electrical problem which may lead to a fire hazard. According to company, in the affected cars, the insulating cap of battery positive cable for the starter motor and alternator may have been improperly installed or the cable may not have been properly secured in the engine bay.

But the Italian based automaker is facing more serious problems, as it has been forced to cut production costs and, therefore, to stop the production for six weeks in the last two months of the year, including four consecutive weeks starting from December 14. As a consequence, 2,000 works will be put on hold and will be followed by other production shutdowns in September. These not very encouraging news were made public by unions at the luxury unit’s main plant in Grugliasco, in Northern Italy. Therefore, Maserati’s production is set to decrease by 25 percent this year to about 26,000 vehicles, according to IHS Automotive and will affect the brand’s sales target of 50,000 cars in 2016 and to 75,000 in 2018.