A parked car must remain still until the owner drives it out of park, that’s the way it should be. Sadly, some Porsche owners might find their vehicles violate this.
Due to that potential fault, Porsche is recalling 99,665 Cayenne and Panamera cars in the US. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a notice in which it says the affected models have a bushing that can degrade when ageing and completely detach in the end. This issue is serious since the bushing connects the gear selector to the transmission.
So a bushing failure could make the lever location indicating an incorrect gear position, making the car parkable but may not actually be in the park position. This could cause the car to roll away and increase the risk of a collision.
The recall is scheduled to start in August. Owners will need to take their vehicle to the dealership where the faulty bushing cable will be replaced with a new, reliable one. As for now, Porsche owners are advised to use the parking brake until all the affected models are repaired.
Various models are affected by the recall, including the 2004-2006 and 2008-2010 Cayenne, 2003-2006 Cayenne S, 2003-2006 Cayenne Turbo and 2006 Cayenne Turbo S. In addition, there are the 2011-2016 Panamera and Panamera 4, the 2010-2016 Panamera S, Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. Other models recalled include the 2012-2016 Panamera Turbo S and 2013-2016 Panamera GTS.
The incident due to the component failure was first reported in December 2018, although it wasn’t the first time such an incident happened. An investigation related to this began to be conducted in January 2019 which were accompanied by several additional incidents before eventually the root of the problem was discovered, which is the degraded bushing. Porsche didn’t disclose the number of incidents reported, but it did say that none of them caused injuries.