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The much criticized 2010 Porsche Panamera now has an even bigger problem than its controversial styling and bland interior: it could potentially kill you. According to Porsche the vehicle has a faulty seat belt tensioner, which could malfunction if the front seats are adjusted to an extreme position. This has the potential to cause serious injury and Porsche is recalling 11,000-plus cars for repairs. Dealers will install an additional locking device for the system on both front seats.
The Panamera, which is on sale in the U.S. starting at $74,400, was launched as an alternative to Porsche buyers who were buying cars like the Maserati Quattroporte as family cars. It was the first time in history that the company produced a four-door coupe, and follows on the heels of its foray into the SUV market with the Cayenne. Not just a stretched Porsche, the Panamera is wider than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and is offered in several versions from a V-6 to a twin-turbocharged V-8.
Despite its shortcomings, the Panamera is a comfortable and sporty grand tourer. With enough power to sprint from 0-60 mph in four seconds and a top speed of 188 mph (in Turbo guise), regular Porsche fans should enjoy it--as soon as they get the seat belt fixed.