maserati grancabrio

Italian luxury car maker Maserati will recall 222 vehicles in China due to a defective rear light, China’s quality watchdog said Wednesday.

Maserati sold more than 780 cars in China last year, nearly twice as many as in 2010, making the Asian country its second largest market in the world after the United States, according to the company’s website.

The car maker will recall GranTurismo, GranTurismo S and GranCabrio models produced between June 6, 2008, and April 29, 2010, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement.

Ferrari Maserati Cars International Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, the only importer of Maserati cars in China, will notify customers and offer free replacements of defective lights, the statement said.

China is the world’s largest auto market after overtaking the US in 2009. It is also a key market for luxury brands, with the country’s growing ranks of mega-rich splashing out on fancy cars to show off their wealth.