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Porsche recalls nearly 74,600 Panameras worldwide for steering issue

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Porsche said it is recalling 74,585 Panamera sedans worldwide, about 19,200 of which are in the U.S. and Canada, to fix a software problem that could cause the electric power steering system to be unavailable for short periods.

The recall covers current-generation Panameras made between March 6, 2016, and Dec. 6, 2018. “If this happens, increased force is then required for steering,” Porsche said in a statement Thursday. “To avoid this, the associated control unit needs to be reprogrammed with an updated data record as a precautionary measure.”

The German automaker said it will notify owners in writing and reprogram the electric power steering control unit for free.

In June, Porsche announced a recall and stop-sale order in the U.S. for 715 Panameras because “there is a possibility that connecting links for the rear-axle anti-roll bar were installed that do not meet Porsche quality standards.”

In November, Porsche Cars North America reported U.S. sales of 5,673 vehicles, a 2.1 percent increase from the year-earlier month. Through November, Porsche’s U.S. sales climbed 3.1 percent from a year earlier to 53,116. Strong demand for the Macan, the new-generation Cayenne and the Panamera helped improve November sales.

A Porsche spokesman did not immediately respond when asked if any injuries or accidents are linked to the software defect.

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