Porsche Panamera, Bentley Continental Recalls Prompted by Defective Water Pumps
Even people driving some of the most expensive cars still have to worry about defects.
Luxury automakers Porsche and Bentley recently announced that they are recalling certain 2022 and 2023 models over faulty water pumps.
The defect could result in vehicle fires, the companies said in separate notices filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“On the affected vehicles, there is a possibility of humidity ingress into the external coolant pump for the climate control system,” Porsche said in its notice. “This could cause a short circuit and, in some instances, thermal damage to the external coolant pump. In rare circumstances, the thermal damage to the harness could progress if left unnoticed and result in a vehicle fire.”
The recall affects roughly 2,600 vehicles in the U.S., including the Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental GT models. The affected vehicles were manufactured between June and December of 2022.
Porsche and Bentley have said that they are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.
The companies said they plan to notify owners of recalled cars by the end of March. They will urge owners to contact their local dealer to schedule a free repair. Dealers will replace water pumps free of charge, a process that should take approximately four hours to complete, the companies told NHTSA.
Other Porsche and Bentley Recalls
The new recall highlights what some luxury car owners already know: bigger price tags do not necessarily mean safer cars.
Porsche late last year announced that it was recalling some 2022 911 GT3 sports cars over a seat belt problem. Defective belt anchors increase the risk of injury in an accident, Porsche said at the time.
Just a few months earlier, the company issued a global recall covering 40,000-plus Taycan electric vehicles, citing issues with wiring harnesses.
Bentley, meanwhile, last year recalled about 2,000 Bentayga sport utility vehicles. The company cited improperly installed second-row passenger seats, which it said increased the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
How California's Lemon Law Works
There is some good news for Porsche, Bentley and other car owners in California. The state’s lemon law gives you some important rights and protections.
The California lemon law requires automakers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while the cars are under warranty. It also forces those companies to buy back or replace cars that they cannot or simply refuse to properly fix.
Speak with a Lemon Law Attorney
If you are locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over a malfunctioning or defective vehicle, an Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
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