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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall notice for a few sultry exotic Italian machines. It seems that owners of the 2005-2008 Maserati Quattroporte, 2008 Maserati Granturismo, and the 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C could face serious handling issues.
The tie rods could fail, which would lead to a rather precarious driving situation. Especially if said sports cars were being aggressively.
Thankfully, there aren't a ton of these beauties roaming the highway, ready to take an unannounced hard left into your fender.
The NHTSA recall notice pegs the number of affected vehicles at 7,438. The reason for the failing tie rods is that there was an insufficient amount of anti-corrosion material applied at the factory. Thus the units could become weak, and eventually give way.
Owner and dealers are being notified, and the recall is expected to begin in June. In the meantime, if you see a Maserati on the road, give it some room. If you see an Alfa Romeo 8C... get as close as you can, because you might never see one again.
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