If you recently purchased a 2011 or 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo, Turbo S or 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo you may want to call your dealer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Porsche is recalling these vehicles for a possible casting defect in the turbine wheel of the turbo charger. (If you can't see the video below, jump to Porsche Panamera Turbo S on fire to watch it directly on our site).
The recall summary goes on to state that if the turbine wheel fractures, performance will be decreased and the turbine shaft may fracture. More ominously, if the turbine shaft fractures, oil could be drawn into the exhaust system which we all know can't be good. When oil touches anything as hot as the exhaust system you'll get some smoke at the very least and where there is smoke, there is usually fire (this looks to be what happened in the video above).
Porsche plans on notifying owners this month and will replace the turbine wheels free of charge. If you don't want to wait for Porsche to contact you, feel free to reach out directly to your dealer or to Porsche at 800-767-7243. If you would like to look up the recall info yourself, visit the NHTSA recall site at safecar.gov. The recall number is AC04.
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