The beginning of the week brings two separate and unrelated recall actions, the first from Alfa Romeo and Maserati, and the second from Subaru.
Maserati's North American division issued the recall for certain model year 2005-2008 Quattroporte, 2008 Granturismo, and 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C vehicles, because rear tie rod assemblies on these cars may have insufficient anti-corrosion material applied and could rust and weaken, leading to a possible fail.
"Failure of the tie rods may result in a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash," the Italian carmaker noted in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Maserati said that it will replace the tie rod assemblies on the affected models (said to be around 7,438 cars) free of charge beginning by the end of June 2013.
Subaru North America's recall involves certain model year 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from February 15, 2012, through June 15, 2012, over a problem with the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly. According to the Japanese company, the shafts may become disengaged from one another. If this were to happen, the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle.
To fix the issue, Subaru will replace the steering column assembly with a new one, free of charge, with the recall beginning this month. We should note that this is the second recall for the Subaru Outback and Legacy this year – the previous action was in March.