Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras

Dorothee Tschampa
Bloomberg News

Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate.

Porsche is servicing Cayenne sport-utility vehicles and Panamera sedans equipped with a 3-liter V6 engine, the Stuttgart, Germany-based unit of Volkswagen AG said Friday in an email. The program affects hybrid and standard-power models built from March 2011 until May 2012.

Industrywide recalls in the U.S. last year exceeded 60 million vehicles, a record, and public attention on safety defects may raise that figure in 2015, U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Mark Rosekind said early this month. Chinese officials are stepping up protection measures for consumers as Volkswagen and competitors seek to expand sales in the world’s largest auto market.

The Porsche recall includes 9,135 autos that the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said earlier Friday need repairs because of the risk of fumes catching fire. Rules in China specify that a recall announcement outline the worst-case scenario, though no such incidents have been reported, Achim Schneider, a Porsche spokesman, said by phone.

The Chinese regulator also issued a recall for 51,911 FAW- Volkswagen and Volkswagen vehicles for the same fault as in the Porsche models.

Volkswagen is recalling 185 Touareg SUVs in its home country of Germany from model year 2012 and use the same engine, Michael Franke, a spokesman at the Wolfsburg-based company, said in email. The model shares underpinnings with Porsche’s Cayenne.