There’s already been one recall for the Maserati Levante and now there’s a second one issued for 1,515 units of the U.S.-spec 2017 Maserati Levante S.
Last year, the Levante was recalled alongside the Ghibli and Quattroporte over a problem with the backup camera disabling in freezing temperatures. This time the Levante S is being recalled for a transmission glitch.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the engine software in certain 2017 Levante S vehicles “may cause the transmission to shift to neutral, or the engine to shut down, when the vehicle speed is approximately two miles per hour.”
The problem was first brought to Maserati’s attention in October 2016 when it affected a China-spec Levante S. In the span of two months the automaker opened an investigation, performed tests on developmental vehicles and found that it is indeed a problem and not a one off occurrence.
With this glitch there’s an increased risk of a crash, thus the recall. Owners will be notified by Maserati and each vehicle’s engine control module will be re-flashed for free. In fact, the recalls have already begun in the first week of the new year, so owners should be receiving a notice if they haven’t gotten one already.