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NHTSA Cools On Recall For Leaky Porsche 911s

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On: Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 10:00AM | By: Karen Cook

NHTSA Cools On Recall For Leaky Porsche 911s

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed an investigation into problems with coolant leaks, which included 24,635 Porsche 911s from model years 2001-2011. All were equipped with Turbo, GT2 or GT3 engines.

The investigation began in April of 2013 when the NHTSA received 10 consumer complaint calls concerning this problem, which involved 2001-2007 models. It was described as a “rapid coolant loss caused by coolant pipe-fitting failure, allegedly resulting in vehicle disablement and/or loss of vehicle control due to reduced traction for the affected vehicle or following traffic” in the agency’s online posting. In all, 63 complaints were lodged and 336 warranty claims were made.

There were no accidents, injuries or fatalities reported and the NHTSA says that “most of the complaints did not appear to involve complete separation of the fittings and many were detected when the vehicles were parked.” Therefore a “safety related defect was not identified”.

The cause of the problem was narrowed down to 6,800 early-production 2007-2008 models. These vehicles were equipped with pipe-fittings from a supplier who was not named but who had a difficulty with the application of the adhesive on the pipe-fittings. The NHTSA was satisfied that the manufacturer has improved its adhesive process and decided that there was no reason to recall any vehicles or use any further federal resources on this problem.

A recall is issued only when a significant safety issue is identified. In this case there was none, but Porsche could have voluntarily recalled the vehicles if it had seen fit. Since the problem occurred in such a small number of cars, no such action was taken.


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