Having had three previous recalls in the past regarding issues with the rear axle control arms, a carbonfibre part that was to feared to be damaging the wiring harness and defective chassis parts, the Porsche 918 Spyder has been recalled once again in the US with issues regarding the seatbelts.
Porsche have recalled every 918 Spyder in the US as a precautionary measure over fear that incorrect fixing screws may have been used on the seatbelt mounts and belt reels. The manufacturer state that the seatbelt system may be impaired but there have been no incidents or injuries as a result.
The issue has arisen due to a mistake in the original parts catalogue for the 918 Spyder. Essentially the screws to secure the seatbelt mount were labelled in the catalogue to be used to secure the belt reel mount, and vice versa. This mistake in the catalogue means Porsche believe the technicians who worked on the 918 Spyder’s may have attached each set of screws to the wrong components and if this is the case, Porsche will simply replace the screws.
In Porsche Cars North America’s statement, they said, “These screws are one-time-use only and are not the same. We cannot rule out the possibility that, due to the mistake in the catalog, technicians who had to work on those components might have been led to install the wrong screw in the wrong location. In that event, the function of the seat belt system could possibly be impaired in the event of an accident.”
Porsche are currently assessing whether any 918 Spyder’s in the UK could also be affected.