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Porsche Recalls 887 Sports Cars Worldwide for Seat-Belt Flaw

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Porsche AG is recalling 887 sports cars worldwide for a seat-belt flaw that may cause the belts to not work properly.

The recall, which includes 235 in the U.S., is for some model year 2011 and 2012 vehicles such as the 911 Carrera, 911 GT3, 911 Speedster, 911 Targa, 911 Turbo, Boxster and Cayman, said Porsche, based in Stuttgart, Germany.

The voluntary recall came after the company found a supplier defect causing seat-belt anchor plates to not rotate as intended.

The defect is “due to a supplier’s short-term manufacturing problem” and no accidents or injuries have been caused by it, Hermann-Josef Stappen, a Porsche spokesman, said in an e-mail today. The company will examine the seat-belt mounts and replace seat belts if necessary, he said.

About 10 percent of the U.S. cars, which are two-door coupes made from May 31 to June 10, contain the defect, Porsche told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a notice posted today on the agency’s website.

The mounting holes for seat-belt anchor plates may be too small, meaning the plate may not rotate around the fastening bolt as designed when tightening the belt, Porsche said in the filing to the regulator.

The 2011 model-year cars in the recall are the GT3 RS and 911 Speedsters. The 2012 model-year vehicles are 911 Carreras, 911 Targas, 911 Turbos, Boxsters and Caymans.

Porsche North America sold 18,310 vehicles this year in the first seven months of this year, according to an Aug. 2 press release. The Cayenne line, which was not part of today’s recall, is the best-selling in North America.

Porsche is being integrated into Volkswagen AG as part of a merger with parent company Porsche SE.

To contact the reporter on this story: Angela Greiling Keane in Washington at agreilingkea@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net

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