Porsche Recalls Nearly 19,000 Cayenne SUVs

February 20, 2008

Luxury automaker Porsche AG said it recalled nearly 19,000 of its Cayenne SUVs after it found instances of the fuel line coming into contact with the engine block while the car was being driven.

The Stuttgart-based company said the decision affected 18,856 Cayennes sold worldwide between Nov. 30, 2006, and Jan. 18.

In a statement, Porsche said there was a possibility that movement by the engine while driving the Cayenne could cause the fuel line to make contact with the engine compartment’s cladding, or overlay, causing a knocking sound and leaving abrasions on the fuel line.

So far, Porsche said there had been five complaints but no injuries or accidents reported.

The company said the free repair takes about 40 minutes.

Last month, Porsche said it expects to sell 20,340 Cayennes through June.

Shares of Porsche Autmobil Holding SE, the automaker’s holding company, were up 2.3 percent to euro1,167.99 (US$1,709.47) in Frankfurt.

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