Porsche Cars North America will recall more than 400 recently built Cayenne vehicles after finding their seatbelts could fail in a crash situation.
The manufacturer’s American branch notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Oct. 24, 2018 they will recall 415 2019 Porsche Cayenne vehicles built from Aug. 21, 2018 to Sept. 21, 2018.
Porsche stated in its recall report the rear right seatbelt buckle does not fulfill the required breaking load. As such the seatbelt buckle could fail, increasing crash injury risk.
Seatbelt supplier Joyson Safety Systems of Ribita, Romania first told Porsche of inadequate seatbelt testing results on Sept. 28, 2018. Engineering analysis determined a manufacturing error combined with a raw material change caused the seatbelt failures.
Porsche’s product safety committee decided on Oct. 17, 2018 to conduct a safety recall.
Porsche will notify owners and dealers will replace the passenger rear seat belt buckle for free. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 23, 2018. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche’s number for this recall is AJ09. Porsche owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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