Porsche Recalls All 11,324 Panameras Produced So Far

Porsche announced on Tuesday that it would recall all 11,324 Panameras sold worldwide so far because of a safety issue related to the seatbelts. Porsche said all 11,324 Panameras would be brought to the mechanic to fix possible faulty seatbelt tensioners.

Tests had detected a defect in the seatbelts of the four-seater luxury sports saloon. According to the company’s press release, the seatbelts’ locking mechanism could detach from the anchoring system when the front seats are set at their maximum forward position. Of course this could lead to serious injuries and even death in the event of a crash.

A Porsche spokesman said that the measure was purely a safety precaution and an additional safety element would be added to the recalled cars and to the cars that will be produced from now on. To remedy the situation, Porsche will bolster the anchoring system by installing an additional locking element. This will help the seatbelt mount retain its strength during crashes even with the seat adjusted in the full forward position. He further added that no accident related to this issue was reported.

The recall won’t cost Porsche too much money, the spokesman also mentioned. The repair will be free of charge for the owners and the intervention won’t take more than 15 minutes.

The Panamera was launched in April 2009 and has driven Porsche's sales up, particularly in North America. In mid-April this year Porsche China announced a recall of 640 Panameras for the same issue. After that 3,176 Porsche Panamera vehicles were recalled in the U.S. following Porsche’s notifying of the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). Now the German carmaker announced a global recall for the Panamera.
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