• Apr 26, 2010
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Porsche and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are issuing a recall for the 2010 Panamera for a potential seat belt defect that could leave the driver unprotected in the event of a crash. NHTSA says the defect can occur when either front seat is put in an "extreme position," which could lead to the seat belt mount being detached from the anchoring mechanism while the belt is fastened or opened. The post-jump NHTSA release doesn't explain what an "extreme position" is, though we're guessing that the safety administration is referring to a seat that is either very close to or very far away from the dash (see UPDATE below).

But while we don't know which seat positions could cause the problem, we do know that the result could be serious. NHTSA says that, in the event of a crash, the seat belt may not adequately protect the front seat occupant. Th agency's release states that there are up to 3,176 units affected by the safety action. Panamera owners (congratulations!) can take their vehicle to the nearest Porsche dealer, where an additional locking element will be installed onto the belt anchoring system to correct the issue. Hit the jump to read over the official press release.

*UPDATE: Porsche spokesman Gary Fong tells Autoblog:
"The company has discovered that in extreme forward front seat positions the front safety belts do not meet our strict safety standards. To assure the front belts works properly in all possible positions, Porsche will add an additional element to the anchoring system. The repair takes about 15 minutes and will be done free of charge. No injuries or fatalities have been associated with this recall."


[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
PORSCHE / PANAMERA 2010

Manufacturer: PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: MAR 31, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V141000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3176

Summary:
PORSCHE HAS NOTIFIED NHTSA OF A DEFECT IN CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 PANAMERA S, 4S AND TURBO 4-DOOR SEDAN. IF THE FRONT SEATS ARE ADJUSTED TOWARDS AN EXTREME POSITION, RESULTING IN UNFAVORABLE TOLERANCE OF THE MATING COMPONENTS, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE LOCKING MECHANISM OF THE SEAT BELT MOUNT CAN NO LONGER BE GUARANTEED. THE SEAT BELT MOUNT COULD DETACH FROM THE ANCHORING SYSTEM WHEN THE SEAT BELT IS FASTENED OR OPENED.

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE SEAT BELT MAY NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR THE SEAT OCCUPANT, WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL HAVE AN ADDITIONAL LOCKING ELEMENT INSTALLED ON THE SEAT BELT ANCHORING SYSTEM FOR BOTH FRONT SEATS. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PORSCHE AT 1-800-545-8039.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Editor:
      In future stories about the Porsche Pukerama, please consider putting the artwork past the jump.
      Carfan
      gregula
      • 4 Years Ago
      PORSCHE , the car uppkeep will keep you poor-shaa
      INSURANCE doubled
      $250 DOLLAR OIL CHANGES
      low profile rims RUB a curve $250 damage repair
      PIRRELLIE PZERO TIRES $350 EACH HIGH TEST FUEL ONLY
      when the alternator . fuel seperater goes GET YOUR CHECK BOOK

      IF YOUR SMART FAIR WARNING DONT BUY ONE
      LIKE I DID YOU WILL BE SORRY .

      • 4 Years Ago
      "Porsche recalls 2010 Panamera over potential Aesthetic failure"

      Fixed that title for your, Autoblog. No need to thank me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The worst part of this? 3,176 examples are out there ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      my brother in law in germany has one these beasts. drives like a .....porsche
      • 4 Years Ago
      i was quoted with $5,000 down $1,300 a month on this car for 38 months. Is this a good deal for a lease? do you think they will budge on the price if i mention this problem now?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably not. As of last week, all new Panameras come with the little shim already installed. It only takes about 1 minute to perform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What? It wasn't recalled for being hideous?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In pictures it looks terrible. In person it's quite sexy. I got passed by one on the road, and I also checked it out at the Philly Auto Show.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They have to put a time delay on the seat belts because once a person would buckle inside one they would instantly jump out realizing how ugly of a car they were sitting in. Its like trying to have sex with a mecha skeletor.
      Vernon Swygert
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh, unsafe at any speed ring a bell?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks wise alone this car loses to the Rapide.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Price-wise alone, the Rapide loses to the Panamera.

        You could buy a Panamera Turbo, and a base Panamera with the V-6 for your wife to pose in for the starting price of the Rapide, and that Turbo will spank the Aston in a straight line or around a track all day long. The comparison is as absurd as saying, "Looks-wise alone, the GT-R loses to the Maserati GranTurismo." Okay... so the point would be?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That sir, is not a Boxster. On the other hand, this is.

      http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/cto/1670563117.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would consider adding one to my collection....
      If I had any children left at home!
      skate805
      • 4 Years Ago
      the saet belts in all cars are potential hazards!
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