Porsche has recently sent out a recall order to customers who own the 718 Boxster and Cayman after a mechanical error was spotted. This is a sign of something serious enough to warrant Porsche getting directly involved, offering to carry out repair work for free. Unfortunately, early photographs show that their proposed solution may not be up to the aesthetic standard of the 718 series.
Why the recall?
The Porsche 718 GTS recall covers both the Boxster and Cayman and was issued when it was found that drivers who were throwing used cigarettes out of their windows could potentially set fire to their cars. The side air intake vents have been found to potentially suck used cigarette butts into the engine whilst the car is in motion, creating a dangerous situation.
Of course, one solution would be to avoid throwing your cigarette butts out of the window. Porsche itself has issued letters to customers instructing them about the recall, reminding us that there is a "danger of fire due to the disposal of burning cigars or cigarettes. Cigarettes or cigars can be blown into the air inlets by the air flow and cause a fire in the engine compartment."
Porsche are encouraging users to bring their vehicle back to be retrofitted with air vent grilles, which will take around two hours and have no cost to the owner. Unfortunately, early photographs taken by customers who have followed this process are not promising.
Why go to the trouble of owning such a beautiful car only to have the manufacturer install a terrible looking safety measure?
The Zunsport Answer
Whether you're a smoker or not, it's important to ensure your car is safe. You can never rule out the chance another driver will flick a cigarette butt out of their window, only for it to land in your air intake vent. Thankfully, you don't need to rely on Porsche's inferior-looking solution. Choose Zunsport - our side vent grills for Porsche 718 GTS models completely replace the manufacturer solution with something far better looking, and completely cover the vents to protect you against the risk of engine fire.
Owning a Porsche 718 Boxster or Cayman is a true privilege. They're beautiful cars - so don't settle for Porsche's poor replacement that they've produced to simply tick a safety box. Instead, give your car the protection it demands and the aesthetic value it deserves. With both black and silver finishes available, choose the Zunsport side vent grille set today.