Airbags failing to deploy and windshields not being correctly fitted have triggered another recall affecting most Porsche cars.
Porsche recalls are very rare, so it came as a surprise earlier this year when the German manufacturer issued a recall affecting models including the 911 Turbo amid safety concerns that the air bags would fail to deploy in the event of an accident, thus increasing the risk of injury. It was hardly a major recall, though – a whopping total of 85 cars were affected. Turns out this was by no means the last, however, as Porsche has issued a more widespread recall affecting most of its current models.
First up, another 120 vehicles from the 911 and 718 range are being recalled to rectify the same air bag issue. Affected vehicles include (deep breathe): the 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4, 911 Targa 4S, 911 Turbo S, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, 718 Boxster, 718 Boxster S, 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S. The 2016 911 GT3 RS and 2016 911R are also included in the recall. A further 21 vehicles are also being recalled in response to a separate safety issue. In this case, the windshield may have been installed incorrectly, meaning it could detach during an accident. Not ideal.
This recall affects the 2017 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Targa S, 911 Targa 4S, 911 Turbo Cabriolet, 718 Boxter, and 718 Boxter S. Porsche hasn't given any indication when the recalls will roll out, but customers will have their windshield re-bonded free of charge. The remaining recall is by far the largest because, unlike the others which affect specialist sports cars, it affects Porsche's most popular car: the Macan. 17,871 SUVs are being recalled, including the S, Turbo, and GTS models because of a glitch with the occupant detection sensor in the passenger seat which determines if the passenger air bag deploys.