Porsche issues worldwide recall for seatbelt flaw

Luxury and sport automobile manufacturer Porsche AG has issued a worldwide recall on nearly 900 sports cars for a defective seat belt. A flaw may cause the seat belt to be too loose, not providing protection to vehicle occupants. The recall affects 235 automobiles in the United States, including some model year 2011 and 2012 sports cars: 911 Carrera, 911 GT3, 911 Speedster, 911 Targa, and 911 Turbo, Boxster and Cayman. The cars are two-door coupes made between May 31 and June 10.

Porsche told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the defect may affect about 10 percent of the recalled models. Porsche says the seat belt defect is related to short-term manuacturing problem with one of its suppliers. No accidents or injures have been reported as a result of the flaw.

According to Porsche, the mounting holes for the seat belt anchor plates in the affected vehicles may be too small, meaning the plate may not rotate around the fastening bolt as designed when tightening the belt.

Affected 2011 model-year calls are the GT3 RS and 911 Speedsters. Affected 2012 model-year cars are the 911 Carreras, 911 Targas, and 911 Turbos, Boxsters and Caymans.

More information is available on the NHTSA website.