2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Recalled Because Rear-Axle Control Arms May Break | Edmunds

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Recalled Because Rear-Axle Control Arms May Break


Just the Facts:
  • Porsche Cars of North America is recalling five 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercars because the rear-axle control arms may break.
  • The defect may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
  • Porsche told Edmunds there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.

WASHINGTON Porsche Cars of North America is recalling five 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercars because the rear-axle control arms may break, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is part of a global recall of 45 vehicles.

"The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with rear-axle control arms that may break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the control arms break, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."

The affected vehicles were built from May 7, 2014 to June 18, 2014.

This is Porsche's $845,000 showcase vehicle.

Porsche spokesman Dave Engelman told Edmunds that there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.

The automaker told federal safety regulators that it decided to recall the 918 Spyder after "failure of component during heavy-duty durability testing (extreme race conditions) on the Porsche AG racetrack and testing facility in Nardo, Italy" on June 26, 2014."

On July 18, Porsche said it made the decision for a worldwide recall and stop-sale notification, followed by direct customer telephone contact informing owners not to operate the vehicles on the racetrack.

"Stop-sale notification not required in the United States because no such vehicles are in dealer inventory," Porsche told NHTSA.

Engelman added: "The stop-sale is for an inspection of parts, not for replacement of parts."

He said all inspections in the U.S. and globally have taken place.

Owners can contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.

Edmunds says: At this point, U.S. owners should have been contacted by Porsche. But if you own a Porsche 918 Spyder and have a concern, it's best to contact your dealer.

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