Concerns about a sticking accelerator pedals have led Maserati North America to issue a recall for up to 28,235 vehicles—some of which are still at dealerships or holding lots.
In 2014-2016 Maserati Ghibli and 2014-2016 Maserati Quattroporte models, the anchor on the driver-side floor mat could break, letting the mat slide forward to a position where it’s trapped between the accelerator pedal’s edge and the carpet.
The federal recall notice cautions that a stuck accelerator pedal “may result in very high vehicle speeds,” and that dire consequences may follow.
These vehicles do however have a brake-override system that cuts power when the brake pedal is pressed, allowing the vehicle to be braked safely to a stop.
Maserati is aware of four reported events, and in each of these the override system functioned as designed.
2016 Maserati QuattroporteEnlarge Photo
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In these models, Maserati has modified the backing of the floor mat to keep it from sliding if the anchors are broken or not properly attached, and it’s redesigned the accelerator pedal cover. A recall fix involves replacement of the mat and potentially also the accelerator pedal cover.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified of the recall next month, as the automaker waits for “an adequate inventory” of the new-design mats and pedal covers.
The recall task will take about an hour and is of course free of charge to the owner; in the meantime, owners may call Maserati customer service at 201-816-2600 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.