Porsche Recalls Carrera GT, Citing Suspension Joint Corrosion
Porsche is recalling certain supercars over possible suspension failure, the luxury automaker recently announced.
Less than 500 Carrera GT supercars are covered by the recall, Porsche told federal regulators. Spherical joints that connect the wishbone suspension components on the front and rear axles are susceptible to corrosion, according to the company.
"It was recently determined that the spherical joints that connect the wishbone suspension components on the front and rear axles in the affected Carrera GT cars do not meet Porsche’s service life durability expectations," Porsche said in a defect notice.
The recall covers certain 2004 and 2005 Carrera GT vehicles. The 489 cars being recalled account for more than one-third of the total Carrera GT vehicles from those model years known to exist, according to Autoblog.
"The material used (X46Cr13) does not provide sufficient resistance to intergranular stress corrosion when exposed to salt and mechanical stress over service life,” the company added. “This could result in cracks or fractures in the spherical joints, and possibly the wishbone."
Porsche reportedly plans to notify owners of recalled cars by the end of June.
The company will conduct the recall in two phases, citing a limited supply of replacement parts.
“The first will be an inspection that will determine whether each customer's car is safe to drive,” Autoblog reports. “Customers whose cars show signs of failure will be asked to take them out of service entirely until new parts can be sourced.”
California Lemon Law Rights for Porsche Owners
Porsche may be at the high end when it comes to making cars, but the company faces many of the same production problems as larger, more affordably priced vehicle manufacturers. Namely, it struggles to ensure its cars are actually safe to drive.
Porsche and Bentley recently announced, for example, that they are recalling certain newer vehicles over faulty water pumps. The defect could result in vehicle fires, the companies said.
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.
Fortunately, car owners in California do not have to wait around for a recall in order to get defective vehicles fixed. You have some valuable rights and protections under the California lemon law.
The law forces automakers to perform a full range of repairs on cars while they are under warranty. It also requires the companies to buy back (or replace, in some cases) vehicles that they are unable to or simply decline to fix.
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If you are a car owner or lessor stuck with a lemon or locked in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, the lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
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