The pricey option could pose a safety risk.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 has been recalled after an investigation found some vehicles to be equipped with a faulty seatbelt anchor. The problem can be traced back to a since-corrected assembly process deviation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall notice, the "screw attaching the lower seatbelt anchor to the seat frame may not have been tightened to specification."
Of course, the risk of injury is increased in a crash, as the anchor could separate from the seat if the lower anchor screw has been loosened.
Thankfully, only a small batch of 2022 models have been affected. As per the report, just 15 examples are involved and all of them have been fitted with the optional Full Bucket Seats. This $5,900 optional extra supplants the standard Sports Plus Seats and is fashioned out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
If you own a GT3 and fear your car may be affected, there are some tell-tale signs. The NHTSA notes that, in some instances, occupants may hear a squeak or rattle emanating from the area. Vehicles built between the dates of July 14. 2021, and May 31, 2022 form part of this recall.
Fixing it should prove easy enough. Simply take your 911 GT3 to your local Porsche dealership, where service technicians can inspect the vehicle. Dealers will replace and tighten the screws but, if the screw threads are also damaged, the seat frame itself will be replaced too.
The automaker will contact owners via mail by December 23, 2022, but customers can also contact Porsche's customer service at 1-800-767-7243. The manufacturer's recall number for this issue is ANB6. While Porsche is a byword for quality and fastidious engineering, mistakes often slip through the cracks, and models have been recalled on more than one occasion.
The Taycan has been recalled several times. In June, 12,490 units were recalled due to a software error that could cause the rearview camera display to remain blank after the car had been switched on. Not long before that, 5,305 examples were said to have a problem with the optional rear center seat.
It was found that the center seat belt buckle wiring harness may restrict access to the lower child seat anchors, which could result in a child seat being improperly secured.
The German automaker isn't the only marque to have recalled vehicles for seatbelt issues, though. 15,000 Range Rovers were recalled in April due to the seat belt emergency locking retractor not locking properly.