Another automaker has announced a recall on one of their models. This time, it’s Porsche recalling 243 2017 Macan built between July 30th and August 9th, and is not limited to a particular model variant!
What happens when a car oversteers and why is it considered a road safety hazard? When a car oversteers, the anti-roll bar connecting links may move out of position, allowing the vehicle to oversteer in certain driving condition – which could lead to loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.
After a month since discovery, the car manufacturer submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Information (NHTSA) describing the problem as:
“There is the possibility that the front anti-roll bar of the affected vehicles were fitted with connecting links from a defective batch on which the connecting link bushings can move out of the connecting link eyes. This can cause rattling noises and can subsequently cause the anti-roll bar to stop functioning during extreme driving maneuvers. If this happens, the sporty handling as designed into the Macan may be impaired, resulting in oversteering of the vehicle. “
At the moment, there are zero reported cases of failed anti-roll bar-induced oversteer occurring in the said models. Porsche will soon notify customers of the issue, encouraging them to bring their cars to dealers for inspection. If found to have a defective anti-roll bar, it will be replaced for free.