Porsche Recalls Every 918 Spyder Over Two Screws
In Porsche’s defense, they are rather important screws.
Say what you will about Porsche, but the carmaker takes pride in every little details of its vehicles—especially its range-topping supercars. As such, Porsche has issued a recall for every 918 Spyder on planet Earth—over a problem with a pair of screws.
Not even a problem, really. A potential problem. Because of an error in the Porsche 918 Spyder parts catalog that caused the seatbelt mount screws and the belt reel mount screws to be improperly labeled, Porsche says it's possible the two pieces of hardware were misidentified on some examples of the 887-horsepower gas-electric hybrid supercar. If the screws were installed improperly, Porsche says the seat belt system might not operate correctly in an accident. Not exactly what you want to hear if you've dropped almost $1 million on a state-of-the-art supercar.
To make sure each of the screws are in their rightful spots, Porsche is requiring the seat belts on all 918 examples of the 918 Spyder to be checked. If the hardware was installed wrong, the automaker will replace the hardware before sending the ultra-expensive sports cars back to their lucky owners, who will now be free to race them against fellow supercars on the highway without fear of being pitched through the windshield if they crash.
This isn't the first time Porsche has had to ask the 918 Spyder's owners to bring their supercars back in for a recall. In the fall of 2014, 46 examples of the hybrid Porsche were hauled into dealerships for a problem with the rear axle; a couple months later, 205 copies of the car were recalled over defective chassis parts. Hey, better safe than sorry.