Porsche 911 Windshields Recalled Over Detachment Risk in Crashes

Defective Adhesion Found in 8,100 Car Windows – Both Front and Rear Affected

The company Porsche has recently issued a recall for more than 8,000 of its 911 models due to a potential safety hazard. It has been identified that in the event of a collision, the front and rear windshield of these vehicles could disengage and detach.This recall was initiated as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers. If the windshield were to detach during a crash, it could potentially cause serious harm to those inside the vehicle or to other motorists on the road.The affected models include certain 2017-2019 911 Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, and Targa 4S vehicles. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the adhesive used to secure the windshield was not strong enough, resulting in the potential detachment.To address this issue, Porsche will be inspecting and replacing the front and rear windshields of the affected vehicles free of charge. Owners are advised to contact their local dealership as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for the necessary repairs.In the meantime, owners should refrain from driving their vehicles until the windshield has been inspected and deemed safe. In the event of a crash, it is imperative to have a secure windshield to provide maximum protection for both the driver and passengers.

According to the NHTSA, a total of 8,101 Porsche 911 vehicles manufactured between 2020 and 2024 could be impacted. The precise trims that are affected have not been disclosed in the accompanying documents. The issue appears to stem from the adhesive utilized during the bonding process of windshields and rear windows onto these cars. Specifically, there were instances where the surfaces were not properly cleaned beforehand in the factory, leaving behind residue. This can lead to a subpar adhesive bond that may compromise the integrity of these components.

Porsche was made aware of the problem in November of last year when reports of “optically impaired windows in the field” surfaced. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the glass used in these areas was prone to becoming partially detached. This posed a serious safety concern as in the event of a crash, the overall bond could be compromised, potentially causing the windshield to detach completely. Needless to say, having shards of glass flying around during a collision is not ideal.

According to recent documents, there have been 15 warranty claims for 911s with “cloudy surfaces or other optical deficiencies.” However, there have been no reported instances of loose glass. Porsche has stated that they are not aware of any incidents where glass has come off, and there have been no reports of accidents or injuries associated with this matter.

Porsche recommends being vigilant of excessive wind noise or moisture inside the vehicle as it may be a sign of underlying issues. Fortunately, addressing this concern is a simple task – thorough evaluation of the front and rear windows will be conducted and they will be replaced with new ones if needed, utilizing glass that has been treated with an abrasive cleaning technique.

The recall process for dealers will commence on March 13, while notification for customers is scheduled for April 26. According to Porsche, those who own a 911 model and are worried about the recall can reach out to their customer service at 800-767-7243 and mention the identifier ARA3. Alternatively, owners can visit the NHTSA’s recall website and input their vehicle’s VIN number.

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