updated 2/18/2008 2:21:12 PM ET 2008-02-18T19:21:12

Luxury automaker Porsche AG said Monday that it has recalled nearly 19,000 of its Cayenne sport utility vehicles after it found instances of the fuel line coming into contact with the engine block while the car was being driven.

The Stuttgart-based company said the decision affected 18,856 Cayennes sold worldwide between Nov. 30, 2006 and Jan. 18.

In a statement, Porsche said that there was a possibility that movement by the engine while driving the Cayenne could cause the fuel line to make contact with the engine compartment's cladding, or overlay, that can cause a knocking sound and leave abrasions on the fuel line.

So far, Porsche said there had been five complaints, but no injuries or accidents reported.

The company said the free repair takes about 40 minutes.

Last month, Porsche said it expects to sell 20,340 Cayennes through June.

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