In a news release Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Porsche is recalling several models of 911, Boxter and Cayman vehicles from model year 2012 and two 911 model vehicles from model year 2011 due to a faulty seatbelt system, posing a risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Subject to recall are are 235 vehicles manufactured from May 3 through June 10, 2011 including the 911 Speedster and 911 GTS RS 4.0, both from model year 2011 and models of 2012 Boxters, Caymen, 911 Carrera, 911 Targa 4 and 4S, and 911 Turbo and Turbo S.
The vehicles may have seatbelt anchor plates with mounting holes that are too small. If the mounting hole diameter is too small, the anchor plate, which is fitted to the vehicle, may rotate around the fastening bolt as it is designed to do. The defect could cause the seatbelt to not be optimally routed around a vehicle occupant, or may cause the seatbelt to loosen at some point, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Porche is expected to notify vehicle owners of the recall. Owners will be able to take their vehicle to a dealer where the anchor plate and fastening screw will be inspected, and if necessary the seatbelt will be replaced. The inspection and repairs will be made at cost to the vehicle owner.
I hope that no one has been injured as a result of this defect. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I urge owners of the affected vehicles to have their vehicle inspected and repaired if necessary as soon as they are notified of the recall.