The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has issued two recall reports on defects on windshield bonding reported by Porsche and Nissan.
On March 2, 2017 Porsche issued a recall on 21 of its 2017 models. According to the recall, windshields were improperly bonded to the vehicle frame and this may cause the windshield to detach in the event of collision. “An incorrect composition of the windshield adhesive could lead to a loss of the adhesion properties of the adhesive layer between windshield and the vehicle’s windshield frame,” according to the report.
The recall includes certain 2017 convertible models: 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Targa S, 911 Targa. 4S, 911 Turbo Cabriolet, 718 Boxter and 718 Boxter S vehicles. According to the recall, only convertible models are affected by the defect.
“During manufacturing, the windshield may not have been properly bonded to the vehicle, allowing it to detach in a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 212, ‘Windshield Mounting,’” the recall states.
Porsche will contact owners to inform them if their vehicle is affected, and dealers will rebond the windshield free of charge. Porsche has yet to release a notification schedule.
Additionally, Nissan issued a recall on March 2, 2017 of 54,751 certain 2012 Nissan Versa vehicles due to a defect of side impact sensors. According to the recall, seat mounted airbags may deploy unexpectedly if the door is slammed. Nisan stated that degradation of the side impact sensor connector pins is the cause of the defect.
“In the subject vehicles, dissimilar metals were used in the side air bag sensor connector harness (gold ‘female’ connector and tin ‘male’ connector). In some of the affected vehicles this metal combination may lead to fretting and oxidation on the pins of the Satellite Sensor-to-Airbag Control Unit (ACU) harness connection. Fretting and oxidation on the connector pins increases the likelihood of a momentary communication loss from the satellite sensor to the ACU,” according to the recall.
Nissan will contact owners within 60 days, dealers will install a new jumper harness kit on the main body harness and will replace the satellite sensor with a new one free of charge.