Porsche is recalling nearly 22,000 U.S.-registered Porsche Macan crossovers from the 2015 and 2016 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may be equipped with leaky fuel lines, which could start a fire.
The Macan's problem is linked to a faulty low-pressure fuel line in the engine compartment. The line was manufactured in Germany by Pass GmbH & Co. KG. NHTSA documents blame the leak on "unfavorable material composition", which can "deteriorate and develop very small leaks" over time.
In some cases, Macan owners have reported a fuel smell coming from the engine compartment. Depending on the severity and placement of the leak, the fuel could cause a fire in the vehicle, though as of October 29, Porsche had not received reports of any accidents, injuries, or fires.
The recall is limited to the following models and dates of manufacture:
- 2015-2016 Porsche Macan S vehicles built between March 27, 2014 and October 27, 2015
- 2015-2016 Macan Turbo vehicles built between March 5, 2014 and October 27, 2015
All told, the recall affects 21,835 vehicles in the U.S.
Porsche says that it mailed interim notices to owners on November 9, 2015 and plans to follow up with a second notice when replacement parts become available. At that time, Macan owners will be able to take their vehicles to Porsche dealers, who will install a new, improved low-pressure fuel line at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Porsche customer service at 800-767-7243 and ask about recall #AF06. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V717000.