Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) issues a headlight safety recall. It spans most of the Stuttgart, Germany, automobile manufacturer’s model lines. The model years subject to recall include model years from 2003 through 2020. The exposed models are the Cayman S sports cars, Panamera hatchbacks, and Cayenne and Macan SUVs.
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The Recall Problem: We’re Screwed . . .
Missing caps intended to cover the low-beam headlights’ horizontal adjustment screws triggered the Porsche recall. Specifically, the absence of the missing caps could lead to incorrect adjustment of the headlights. This could cause the headlights’ beams to stray from proper alignment.
In turn, the low beams might provide less-than-optimal illumination of the road ahead. The potential result: increased glare impairing oncoming motorists’ vision — thus increasing risk of collision.
Porsche’s recall entails adjustment along one axis only. “While horizontal headlight adjustment was possible on older vehicles, it has not been the case for a number of years,” explains Jennifer Stockburger, Director of Operations of Consumer Reports‘ Auto Test Center. “Even if the caps are not in place, it’s not something that is intended to be adjusted. Only vertical adjustment is allowed.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 193,259 Porsche vehicles could be subject to this recall. “These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard [N]umber 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment,” the NHTSA’s official recall notice declares.
The Recall Solution: . . . Now Maybe We’re Screwed Not So Much
The NHTSA’S Campaign Number for the recall is 22V656000. Porsche’s internal Campaign Number is ANB4. As with all recalls, Porsche dealerships will inspect the affected vehicles’ headlights. They will install any missing caps if necessary, free of charge, of course.
If you would like to check all official NHTSA recalls on your vehicles, if any, simply enter your VIN number(s) on the NHTSA VIN Lookup webpage.
Owner notification letters were slated to be mailed to owners on or about October 29, 2022. Additionally, owners are able to contact Porsche Customer Service at 1-800-767-7243 with any questions.
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