Over 1,200 imported Porsche refitted vehicles were recalled in China Thursday over defective brake pedals. According to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine's website, the vehicles affected were manufactured between July 2013 and February 2016.
The snap spring of the brake pedals in the affected vehicles could loosen during driving that could cause serious safety risks, China's state news agency Xinhua reported. Porsche is the most popular of the high-end sports car brands in China as it offers two body styles that most competitors don't provide. The recall affects 1,236 Porsche vehicles in a country that has roughly 4 million households considered wealthy enough to afford a European luxury car.
The Dalian-based car import and export company, which initiated the recalls, has reportedly asked dealers to check all affected vehicles and replace the defective parts free of charge, the statement said.
In June, Germany's Porsche AG said that it’s planning to increase its dealerships in China from 68 to 100 by the end of next year.
Porsche vehicles were also involved in parent company Volkswagen's scandal. The German automaker came under scrutiny and faced legal trouble after admitting that it had installed so-called "defeat devices" on its cars that would reduce emission levels during tests.