Well it seems that even ultra-rare, incredibly expensive supercars can be caught up in the woes of government-mandated recalls, as the NHTSA has issued a recall notice for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Yes, the 887-horsepower, nearly $1-million hybrid. Specifically, there are potentially 45 cars worldwide that can suffer from an issue that will cause the rear control arm to break.

Can you imagine the havoc as you close in on the 918’s 200-plus-mph top speed and that arm snaps? Yikes.

If you are one of the lucky few in the U.S. who own one of these incredible cars, feel lucky, as only five of the U.S. 918s are suspected to have the issue. There is also no word on any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.

According to Autoblog, Porsche first discovered the issue during some “heavy-duty durability testing” that involved bombing around the Nardo test track in Italy. It seems that so long as you aren’t inflicting track-style abuse on your 918, it should be perfectly safe for driving until the issue can be repaired. As with all recalls of this nature, a quick trip to Porsche dealer will get your 918 inspected, and if necessary, repaired.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Why It Matters

Obviously having a catastrophic failure of a major suspension component at speed can be disastrous. If you are lucky, the car will just be hard to control and you can come to a stop. If you happened to be moving quickly and in mid-turn at the moment of failure, you could be looking at a spin followed by a roll. That would be quite the tragic end to your shiny new hybrid supercar.

Thankfully this issue was discovered by Porsche in a testing scenario, rather than be discovered when some poor owner went shiny-side down through a field.

Again, there have been no injuries or deaths reported for this issue so far, and Porsche says that so long as you are not tracking your car, it should still be safe to drive. Just take care of yourself and get to your local dealer soon to prevent any sort of mishap.

Porsche 918 Spyder

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The 918 Spyder is the latest, greatest and fastest road legal machine to ever come from the minds at Stuttgart. It is powered by a combination of a 4.6-liter V-8 and a pair of electric motors that all together produce 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to one of the electric motors being mounted up front, the 918 makes use of advanced torque vectoring AWD to increase handling. It can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and it will rocket all the way to 211 mph if given enough room.

It is also a true plug in hybrid and will travel 8 miles or so on pure battery power.

Source: Autoblog

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Press Release

Report Receipt Date: JUL 28, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V457000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5
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Manufacturer: Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Porsche Cars of North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2015 918 Spyder vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to June 18, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with rear-axle control arms that may break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle.

If the control arms break, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the control arms, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche’s number for this recall is AE03.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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