The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall on the 2010 Porsche Panamera due to faulty seat belt mounts. Porsche notified the NHTSA that the Panamera's seat belt mounts could fail when the front seats are adjusted in an extreme forward position which, according to the NHTSA press release, increases the risk of injury or death. This recall, NHTSA campaign 10V141000, applies to about 3,176 vehicles, and Porsche has already created a repair for the concern.
Theoretically this recall should only be a concern for a small percentage of drivers or front occupants based on this particular seat adjustment as is the typical positioning for drivers or front passengers who are very short. It is never recommended for drivers to sit too close to the steering wheel due to possible airbag injuries, but in cases of the 2010 Porsche Panamera with the front seats adjusted all the way forward, the locking mechanism could detach from the anchoring system. It would appear that the front seatbelts operate properly in normal crash conditions with the seats adjusted to a more average driving position.
As is the case with most modern cars, the Panamera's locking mechanism is attached to the seat frame while the seatbelt is connected to the B-pillar. When the seat is adjusted to the extreme forward position, the part attaching to the seat exhibits an 'unfavorable tolerance' which increases the chances of the part to fail. When the seatbelt fails, the front occupants can be severely injured or even killed due to the lack of proper seatbelt protection. To remedy the situation, Porsche will bolster the anchoring system by installing an additional locking element. This will help the seatbelt mount retain its strength during crashes even with the seat adjusted in the full forward position.
As is the case with all recalls and vehicle service procedures, for best results and quicker service, it is recommended to make an appointment with your area Porsche dealership. According to the NHTSA, Porsche has not sent out owner notifications yet, so if owners of a Porsche Panamera want to check on the status of this recall, they should contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039. Of course, all recalls are provided free of charge, and for best results and quicker service, it is recommended to make an appointment with your area Porsche dealership. To find Porsche car dealers in your area, check out the Car Dealer Locator tool.
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