Porsche Recalls Child saftey device

24 February 1998

Porsche to Recall Air Bag Deactivation Device for Child Seat System

    RENO, Nev., Feb. 24 -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. today
announced it has initiated a Customer Recall Campaign affecting 32 Porsche
Child Seat systems in the United States.
    The system, designed to be installed on 1997/1998 Model Year Porsche
Boxsters and 1997/1998 Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S, 911 Carrerra 4, 911
Carrera 4 S and 911 Turbo models, features a Child Seat and an air bag
deactivation device to deactivate the passenger side air bag and (where
applicable) the side air bag on the passenger side.  The deactivation device
deactivates the air bag(s) when a belt tongue attached to the Porsche Child
Seat is inserted into a contact buckle fitted to the car.
    Due to a supplier manufacturing problem, the contact buckle may not
properly deactivate the passenger side air bag(s).  In the event of a crash,
this can result in the deployment of the passenger side air bag(s) which may,
in turn, result in severe injury or death to a child situated in a front
passenger child seat.
    Porsche discovered the defect during routine product testing.  It is not
aware of any accidents or deaths due to the potential defect.
    Owners of any of these 32 systems are urged to make prompt arrangements
with their nearest authorized Porsche dealer to perform necessary repairs to
the system.  Until then, they are encouraged not to put their children in the
Porsche Child Seat restraint system.

SOURCE  Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

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