x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Porsche and Nissan recall 11,000 cars from UAE roads

Models affected include Porsche Cayennes and Nissan Infiniti models QX56 and M, and Nissan Patrol and Juke vehicles.

DUBAI // More than 11,000 vehicles are being taken off the roads after a mass recall by two car makers.

Porsche are recalling 2,910 Cayennes  to replace loose headlights, while 8,730 owners of Nissan Infiniti models QX56 and M and Nissan Patrol and Juke vehicles are being asked to return their cars because of a fault in the fuel rail.

Nissan said the fuel rail pressure sensor could be tightened insufficiently to the fuel rail on certain vehicles engines and could gradually loosen, potentially causing a leak in extreme cases.

Worldwide, 250,000 vehicles by the Japanese car maker are being recalled. Nissan Infiniti QX56 2011-2012 and M 2012, Nissan Patrol from 2011 to 2012 and Juke 2012 models are affected.

Of the Porsches, Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, director of the consumer protection department at the Ministry of Economy, said: “Of these ,1,810 are from Al Naboodah Motors in Dubai and 1,100 from the Ali and Sons Group in Abu Dhabi.

“I don’t think it will take too much time to repair the fault. The customers are being contacted now and I believe all the faults will be corrected in around two weeks.”

Porsche spokesman Steve Janisse said 102,000 Cayennes made between March 2010 and January 2012 are being recalled worldwide in the model years 2011 and 2012.

The problem relates to a twist lock mechanism that fixes the headlights in place. If the twist lock is not secure, a head light could fall out. This is a particular risk when the driver is rapidly accelerating or braking heavily while taking a corner.

A statement on the Porsche Middle East website said: “The headlight locking system on current 2011 and 2012 Cayenne models is being reworked. In-house quality investigations revealed that in rare cases an incorrectly locked headlight module can become detached.

“Approximately 100,000 units of the Cayenne model line are being reworked.”

It added that letters are being sent to owners of the affected vehicles and the workshop job to repair the fault would take about 45 minutes and would be free.

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