918 recalled for the fifth time.
Porsche has just issued a recall for all 305 examples of the company's legendary 918 spyder hybrid supercar that reside in the United States due to a potential manufacturing defect with the connecting shafts, which could cause the suspension control arms to crack. The voluntary recall comes as a result of rear suspension components that could crack over time, which will adversely affect the car's handling. The issue is believed to be one of longevity and the recall was born from precaution, not outright necessity.
"Intensive analysis revealed that the connecting shafts of the longitudinal and transverse control arms might be vulnerable to cathodic stress corrosion cracking," Porsche said. "For this reason, the long-term durability of these components as installed in the affected vehicles cannot be assured. If the connecting shafts of the longitudinal and transverse control arms develop any cracking, the vehicle's handling may be impaired under extreme conditions (such as racetrack use), increasing the risk of a crash." As is custom, all recall work will be completed free of charge. Authorized Porsche dealerships will replace the control arms of affected vehicles with a stronger, re-engineered component.
The company will notify owners of the 305 recalled vehicles about the problem via email. Owners will then be able to schedule a service appointment with their dealer. Porsche said no incidents, crashes or injuries have been linked to faulty control arms. There have been a litany of recalls for the 918 Spyder: it was recalled twice for two separate issues relating to faulty chassis construction and faulty rear control arms in 2014. In 2015 there was an issue related to the cooling and wiring harness, and then in 2016 there was a problem with faulty seat belt screws.