Porsche, though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, announced a voluntary recall on about 2,200 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 models built during the 2012 and 2013 model years. On cars equipped with the standard exhaust system it was found that the tailpipes could separate from the mufflers and become dangerous road debris; models that added the optional sport exhaust system are not included in this recall.

Affected vehicles were built between March and November of last year, but there have been no reports of the problem on any customer-owned vehicles. Porsche first noticed a cracked tailpipe weld on a test vehicle back in May, and since then has found similar problems on other internally owned vehicles, all with more than 25,000 miles on the clock. To fix the problem, dealers will be replacing the mufflers. Scroll down to read the official notice.
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RECALL Subject : Exhaust Tail Pipe May Fall From Vehicle
Report Receipt Date: FEB 22, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V058000
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,263

Manufacturer: Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Porsche is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 vehicles manufactured from March 7, 2012, through November 12, 2012, and equipped with a standard (not sport) exhaust system. The exhaust tail pipe may fracture and separate from the rear muffler.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the exhaust tail pipe separates from the muffler it may become a hazard for other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear mufflers free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.

NOTES:
Porsche's safety recall number is AD01. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps this would provide the incentive to go ahead and buy that Akropovic exhaust system?
      Peter_G
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is actually a hidden feature. Its the exhaust eject package to make it easier for you to put a more aggressive exhaust on it since you didn't opt for the upgraded exhaust package from the factory. The problem arose when people where hitting it while on the road instead of in their garage. Rather than doing a recall they should just change it so the button can only be activated when the vehicle is in park.
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 1 Year Ago
      still by miles the most reliable sportscar
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW ownership...
        Jim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        What does VW ownership have to do with an exhaust pipe that was designed before VW took them over? The 911 production line has not been altered one bit since the merger.
          Myself
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim
          You may switch suppliers etc. but more importantly - VW production cooperation with Porsche long predates actual takeover. Touareg and Cayenne are made on the same assembly line in Bratislava, Slovakia (Porsche fits bodies and interiors elsewhere), they use same engines, same with Panamera that uses VAG diesel.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chinese sourced? Enquiring minds want to know!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
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      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sooo its that hot it unweld itself? It's a pretty fast recall. And they initiated it. Good stuff.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sawzall.
      johnnythemoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not exactly what they were thinking when they said "I'd like a lighter and louder 911". You're served for not being specific!
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      This reminds me of a top gear episode where they drove the Porsche Spyder around the test track. When the Stig took off from the start you could see the exhaust end moving like a jackhammer. I think it was Season 15 episode 2.
      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      In search of moar loud Porsche engineers designed the tail pipes to just fall off.
      continentalgtspeed
      • 1 Year Ago
      bad bad....but porsche generally is reliable and make a recall means to be intelligent and protect own clients
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