Porsche 918 Spyder Recalled Over Rear Control Arms Failure Risk

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We’re not quite sure about other calendars, but when it comes to the automotive world, 2014 is definitely the year of the recall. As it turns out, not even hypercars made by Porsche aren immune to such issues - the automaker’s 918 Spyder is the subject of a recall campaign that affects a total of 50 cars worldwide.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the plug-in hybrid supercar is recalled due to the fact that the rear axle control arms may break.

Five units of the affected 918 Spyders are found in the US, while the rest are spread among various markets across the world.

"The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with rear-axle control arms that may break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle," the NHTSA stated in the summary of the problem. "If the control arms break, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."

Nonetheless, it seems that the issue is only a risk during the extreme use of the car, such as the events that go on on a racetrack.

Porsche told federal safety regulators that the issue was noticed back in June 26 this year, following “failure of component during heavy-duty durability testing (extreme race conditions) on the Porsche AG racetrack and testing facility in Nardo, Italy.

Porsche states it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the problem.

The automaker issued a stop-sale on July 18, in order to inspect the suspension components, also initiating the recall and prompting owners not to track their vehicles. The stop-sale was not necessary in American, since dealers didn’t hold such cars in stock.

As we are speaking, the US 918 Spyders involved have already been checked for defects.
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