— Porsche is recalling more than 35,400 Panamera cars at risk of catching fire due to air conditioning blower control units that may get wet and short-circuit.
If you own any of the following vehicles, Porsche says to park the cars outdoors and away from anything that could burn.
- 2010-2016 Porsche Panamera 4S and Panamera S
- 2011-2016 Porsche Panamera
- 2011-2016 Porsche Panamera 4
- 2011-2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo
- 2012-2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo S
- 2012-2016 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
- 2013-2016 Porsche Panamera GTS
- 2013 Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition
- 2013 Porsche Panamera 4 Platinum Edition
- 2014-2016 Porsche Panamera 4S Executive
- 2014-2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive
- 2014-2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive
- 2015 Porsche Panamera Diesel
- 2016 Porsche Panamera 4 Edition
- 2016 Porsche Panamera Edition
- 2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Exclusive Series
About 2,200 of the vehicles are recalled in Canada and more than 33,200 Panameras are recalled in the U.S.
Porsche received its first Panamera complaint in 2013 and thought it was an isolated incident. Then in 2015 another report was received but the automaker couldn't find a reason for either incident.
Over the next three years four more incidents occurred but investigators still had no clue what was causing the problems. Porsche also says most of the incidents ended in smoldering that was self-extinguished.
In January and April 2019, Porsche was informed of two additional incidents similar to the previous reports, except this time engineers were able to determine what caused the problems.
Porsche is working on an interim fix that dealers can perform until replacement air conditioning blower control units are ready. The automaker says the new control units will include better seals to keep water out.
The Porsche Panamera recall is scheduled to begin June 23, 2019.
Customers with questions should call 800-767-7243 and refer to recall number AKA7.
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