Not even six-figure cars like the Porsche 918 Spyder are safe from recalls.
The German automaker has just recalled 305 examples of its hybrid supercar in the US due to a manufacturing defect with the control arms. In a statement, the automaker said the control arms may crack over time, leading to problems with the vehicle’s handling.
“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.”
Authorized Porsche dealerships will replace the control arms of affected vehicles with a re-engineered component free of charge. Owners of the 305 vehicles recalled will be notified by email about the problem, at which point they will be able to schedule a service appointment with their dealer. No incidents, crashes or injuries have been linked to faulty control arms, but considering the performance-focused nature of the 918 Spyder, owners definitely won’t want to skip out on this recall.
In 2014, the 918 Spyder was recalled twice for two separate issues relating to faulty chassis construction and faulty rear control arms. It was recalled for a third time in 2015 for an issue related to the cooling fan wiring harness, and was recalled once again in 2016 due to faulty seatbelt screws. Not all 918 Spyder vehicles were included in all of these recalls, but considering just 918 of them exist, a good percentage of the vehicles have been called back to the dealer for service at some point.
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