Porsche is recalling nearly 200,000 examples of the Macan, Cayenne, Panamera, and Cayman S produced between 2003 and 2020 to address adjustment screw caps that may be missing from their headlight assemblies, allowing the lamps to be adjusted out of spec, which can result in poor visibility for drivers and glare for oncoming motorists.
The German auto manufacturer first became aware of a potential issue in May of 2022 when the plant in Leipzig discovered missing sealing caps in vehicles produced for the Canadian market. It then began to investigate the scope of affected vehicles by looking at past production records. It also analyzed whether the missing sealing cap was necessary to prevent the headlights from being adjusted.
The aforementioned caps allow the headlights to be properly adjusted. Without said caps, the headlights may not illuminate properly. Worse still, they are susceptible to cause glare to oncoming drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. Porsche told the NHTSA that recalled cars and crossovers may not comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard number 108 for “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” This is a minor issue as defects come, and is unlikely to cause problems for owners if they have never tried to adjust their own headlights
To resolve the issue, Porsche dealerships will simply inspect the left and right headlights and if no caps are fitted, they will be retrofitted. Dealers were notified of the issue on September 14, 2022, while owners will be notified on October 29.