Porsche Recalls Child saftey device
24 February 1998Porsche 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.