First up is Porsche, which is recalling 20,278 Cayenne SUV’s manufactured from March 8, 2010 through January 31, 2012 for 2011-2012 model years, due to the possibility of the headlamps detaching from the front fender. The affected models include Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Hybrid, and Cayenne Turbo. A detached headlight can lead to loss of visibility, increasing the risk of an accident.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will secure a new headlamp locking clamp, free of charge. Porsche’s safety recall number is AC01, and the NHTSA campaign ID number is 12V065000.
Nissan is recalling a much smaller number of vehicles for a somewhat less dramatic reason. According to the NHTSA, 2983 Murano and Rogue crossovers manufactured in 2011 for the 2012 model year have tire pressure monitor systems that fall outside the federal guidelines. Non-active TPMS does not warn the driver of under inflation, overloading, and overheating, which can lead to a blowout. Fortunately, ALL of the affected vehicles are still in dealer inventory, and will be fixed before being sold. If you are considering purchasing a 2012 Nissan Murano or Rogue, it is important to verify with the dealer referencing NHTSA campaign ID 12V068000, that the TPMS has, in fact, been activated.
As always, with both brands, and all three affected models, more information is available at www.safercar.gov, or at the NHTSA’s safety hotline: (888) 327-4236.