Porsche has announced two recalls for most of their vehicle lineup, for issues with the fuel gauge and the airbags, respectively. Although the total number of vehicles being recalled is small, there are a number of models affected.
The first recall is for an inaccurate fuel gauge, which could leave the owner stranded, due to a lack of fuel. More specifically, according to the NHTSA, "In the affected vehicles, the calculated range of the remaining fuel displayed on the instrument cluster may be higher than the actual range”. They also went on to say that "Additionally, the fuel level indicated by the fuel gauge may also be higher than the actual amount in the tank". If the vehicle were to run out of fuel, it could stall and leave the driver and its occupants stranded. It could also increase the risk of a collision. Fortunately, there have not been any reports of any accidents or injuries as a result of the defect.
In total, 207 vehicles will be involved. The list of the following vehicles include:
- 2013-2014 Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne GTS
- 2013 Cayenne Diesel
- 2014 Cayenne S, S Hybrid, Turbo and Turbo S
Technicians will update the instrument cluster software in the first recall, which is scheduled to begin at the end of November 2013.
The second recall affects most of the rest of their lineup, which comprises of the Boxster, Cayman, and the venerable 911. According to the summary filed with the NHTSA, "In the affected vehicles, the passenger seats may be equipped with defective wiring harnesses, resulting in intermittent contact with the harness plug". Because of this, "the intermittent plug 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."
In this recall, the vehicles affected are:
- 2014 Boxster
- 2014 Boxster S
- 2014 Cayman
- 2014 Cayman S
- 2014 911 Carrera
Although only 81 cars will be affected, Porsche nor the NHTSA specified which 911 models will be affected. In any event, technicians will replace the front passenger seat. For more details for either recall, or to schedule a service appointment, owners can contact their local Porsche dealership. This recall is expected to also begin at the end of November.