Porsche 911 Carrera recall proves not even premium players can avoid manufacturing woes

Porsche Carrera 4
Porsche 911 Carrera recall proves not even premium players can avoid manufacturing woes

Porsche is recalling about 2,263 of its 2012 – 2013 model year 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 models because of an issue with the exhaust.

According to reports, the tailpipe on the cars could unexpectedly separate from the rear muffler and become a road hazard and increase the risk of crash.

The recall affects models equipped with a standard exhaust system manufactured from March 7, 2012 through November 12, 2012.  Vehicles manufactured with a port exhaust system are not affected.      

Porsche, which is issuing the recall voluntarily, reportedly first noticed the problem last May when officials saw a fracture in the circular welded seam on the rear muffler of an internal test vehicle. Following the investigation, the company decided to issue the recall concluding that the Carrera’s exhaust system did not meet Porsche’s service life standards.   

Porsche officials said they aren’t aware of any instances where a Carrera tailpipe actually became detached from the car. But the recall is definitely a sign of the challenges facing the auto industry that even an award-winning brand like Porsche cannot shake.

2013-porsche-911-carrera-4s_100400349_mIn February of 2012, Porsche had to recall nearly 102,000 model year 2011-2012 Cayenne SUVs to fix a faulty headlight.  The company also had to recall 1,232 model year 2012 Porsche Carrera S vehicles last May over concerns of fuel line failure.  And in July of 2012 Porsche had to recall 270 model year 2011-2012 Panamera Turbo and Turbo S cars as well as Cayenne Turbo crossovers due to a turbine wheel defect. 

Of course, as with the previous recalls, Porsche is moving quickly to rectify the problem, urging Carrera owners to see an authorized dealer to replace the muffler free of charge.  For more information, Carrera owners are encouraged to contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243. 

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