Porsche has issued two separate recalls that affect most of the automaker’s lineup. One of the recalls involves defective wiring harnesses, which may cause an airbag to be deactivated. The other involves a defective fuel gauge, which tends to report a higher level of fuel than what is actually remaining.
The defective wiring harness recall affects a small batch of 2014 model year Boxster, Cayman and 911 models, including sportier S variants and in the case of the 911 both the coupe and convertible as well as all-wheel-drive models. The affected vehicles were manufactured from September 2, 2013 through September 23, 2013, and total 81 units in the U.S.
The defective wiring harness may cause the passenger seat frontal and knee airbags to be deactivated. In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, this may increase the risk of injury to the front passenger. The remedy requires the front passenger seat to be replaced, which Porsche dealers will do free of charge.
The defective fuel gauge recall affects certain 2013 and 2014 model year Cayenne models, including the base model, GTS, Diesel, S, S Hybrid, Turbo and Turbo S. The affected vehicles were manufactured from May 27, 2013 through July 10, 2013, and according to Porsche there are 207 of them in the U.S.
If the fuel level being displayed through the instrument panel is actually higher than what’s available, the vehicle may expectedly run out of fuel and stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The remedy requires an update to the software of the instrument cluster, which once again Porsche dealers will handle free of charge.
For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 13V502000 for the wiring harness issue or 13V506000 for the defective fuel gauge) or Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.