About a week ago the NHTSA issued Alfa Romeo and Maserati recall notices because of a shared issue, which was due to possible faulty tie rod ends. The vehicles included in the recall are the 2008 8C and the 2005-2008 Quattroporte, 2008 Granturismo.
You are advised to contact your dealer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline (details below) where they will run a Alfa Romeo and Maserati recall check to see if your model is affected.
We’re told that the recalls will begin by the end of June 2013, where the dealer will replace the tie rod end assemblies, if yours is one of the affected models that is. The reason for the fault is because in some cases these components have not been given sufficient corrosion protection, which means they are prone to rust.
If these components were to rust, then they could become weak, corrode and in rare cases fail. If this was to happen then this could lead to a serious accident, as the vehicle could become unstable and you could lose control over the vehicle, putting not only your life in danger, but also your passengers and other road users and pedestrians.
More information on the NHTSA website or call them on 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).