Porsche Announces Safety Defect Investigation for 1996 911 Models
8 May 1998Porsche to Conduct Safety Defect Investigation On Driver's Side Airbags for 1996 Porsche 911 Models
ATLANTA, May 8 -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), today announced it is conducting an investigation of driver's side airbags for all 1996 Porsche 911 models. Porsche AG discovered the potential defect during a review of field reports and components that were being analyzed as a result of unexpected airbag deployments not associated with a crash. PCNA is aware of 28 such incidents, several of which resulted in minor abrasion type injuries. The findings of Porsche's investigation, which is currently in progress, will determine the defect remedy and scope of affected vehicles. The investigation involves all 1996 Porsche 911 models including the Carrera, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera 4, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Carrera Targa and Turbo. The exact range of manufacturing dates of these vehicles is unknown at this time. As a precautionary measure, Porsche advises owners of all 1996 Porsche 911 models to monitor their airbag warning lights and not drive their cars or activate the horn should the airbag warning light be illuminated. In the event the airbag light is illuminated, owners should utilize Porsche's Roadside Assistance Program services and have the car towed to the nearest authorized Porsche dealer for diagnosis. This advice should be followed closely until Porsche's current investigation determines a final solution to the problem. SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.