Atlanta, GA – October 9, 2021 – Porsche, a subsidiary of Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) has recalled 4,934 luxury cars with faulty transmission and suspension that can cause drivers to lose control. This increases the risk of a crash and injuries.
The recall includes the following models:
- 2013 – 2015 Porsche Boxster
- 2013 – 2014 Porsche Boxster S
- 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS
- 2014 – 2015 Porsche Cayman
- 2014 – 2015 Porsche Cayman S
- 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
The recalled vehicles have a problem with side sections of the rear axle carrier (sometimes called “the differential.”) The differential is how the rear axle – which is responsible for transmitting the power from the vehicle to the wheels – connects to the body of the car. The differential is part of both suspension and transmission as transmission drives the rear axles through the differential which is mounted on rear suspension.
The carriers in question may be weak due to a manufacturing mistake—the metal casing contains more strontium than it is supposed to. Strontium is an element sometimes added to these aluminum car parts to make them stronger. In this case, too much of this additive has weakened the axle carrier, which could crack or break.
If the rear axle carrier fractures, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and crash. You can read more about axle issues in this article about a recent Ford axle recall.
A rattling noise at the rear of the car could indicate a problem in advance. However, this warning sign “is not ensured” to always happen before a fracture.
The problem is not with the whole rear-axle carrier—just the side sections of it. Porsche will replace these side parts for free. Owner notifications with more information about this repair will be sent to owners on November 1.
Other Porsche recalls
There was a Porsche Cayman recall in 2019 because of the risk of a fuel leak in a crash. The recall also included Boxster vehicles. A much smaller and a more recent recall included 2021 Porsche Cayman GT4, Cayman GTS 4.0, 718 Spyder, and Boxster GTS 4.0 vehicles because of the risk of engine damage, a stall or a fire.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Nearly 5,000 vehicles are included in this Porsche recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.