The past year was fraught with automotive recalls — so much so, that the word “recall” doesn’t quite do justice to the pileup of scandals that rocked the industry in 2016.
Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal affected an estimated 11 million cars worldwide and resulted in a $14.7 billion settlement with U.S. regulators. The roundup of Takata’s 69 million faulty air bags (involving 19 automakers) was named the “largest automotive recall in U.S. history.” Fiat Chrysler accelerated a recall of 1.1 million vehicles with confusing gear shifters following 266 reported rollaway accidents and the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin who was crushed by his recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
So, again, not a great year.
But the aforementioned sampling of recall-related debacles though does make you appreciate the relative simplicity of Porsche’s latest recall.
Porsche’s recall affects exactly 85 cars, but those affected do span across a variety of models.
According to CNET, Porsche issued the recall because the seat mounted air bag inflator might not ignite during a crash — meaning the air bag might not deploy at all.
Porsche says it will replace the affected air bag modules at no cost to the owners. In the meantime, owners should be cautious and look for their recall notice in the mail.
The recall affects the following models: 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S; 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S; 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S and Carrera 4S; 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet; and the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo, Turbo S and Turbo Cabriolet.