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Porsche is recalling over 2,900 vehicles from the last several model years for potentially unnecessary airbag deployment. Below are the possibly affected models and what owners of these Porsche cars should do if their vehicle is included in this airbag recall.

Airbags in certain Porsche cars could deploy when ‘not warranted’

Dashboard and front seats in 2023 Porsche 911 Turbo S
2023 Porsche 911 Turbo S | Porsche

Porsche recently filed a recall notice with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for some of its 2021 to 2024 models. It potentially affects 2,923 cars — all of them 911s, including Carrera, Turbo, GT3, and Dakar models.

According to the NHTSA, specific models with “full bucket seats” could have seat-mounted airbags that deploy “in types of crashes in which such deployment is not warranted” and not required to deploy under federal safety regulations. These impacts are frontal crashes “with little or no lateral offset.”

The recall report notes the issue might cause ancillary injuries to passengers.

Which models are included in this Porsche airbag recall?

Front angle view of new black 2023 Porsche 911 Turbo S sports car, highlighting how much fully loaded one costs
2023 Porsche 911 Turbo S | Porsche

The recall notice lists the following Porsche 911 models:

  • 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
  • 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS
  • 2022 Porsche 911 GT3
  • 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring
  • 2022 Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • 2022 Porsche 911 Turbo
  • 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
  • 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS
  • 2023 Porsche 911 Dakar
  • 2023 Porsche 911 GT3
  • 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring
  • 2023 Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • 2024 Porsche 911 Carrera T
  • 2024 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

The 911 models included in this Porsche airbag recall were produced between Mar. 15, 2021, and Sept. 27, 2023. Many were not manufactured with sequential VINs.

What should owners do?

Customers will be notified on December 22. Dealers were notified of this Porsche airbag recall on November 2.

To fix the problem, owners should take their cars to an authorized Porsche dealership. Service technicians will reprogram the airbag control unit (ACU), which controls the airbag’s deployment, with updated “deployment logic.” This repair is expected to mitigate the issue by restricting airbag deployment in crashes where “such deployment is not warranted and not required by applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards,” the NHTSA states.

The notice also says owners will not be charged for the update because their vehicles are covered under the Porsche New Car Limited Warranty.

Owners may call Porsche Cars North America Inc. at 1-800-767-7243 with questions or concerns. The manufacturer’s recall number is APB3. They may also view any recalls on their car by entering the VIN in the online Porsche Recall Lookup tool.