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Porsche Announces Safety Defect Investigation for 1996 911 Models

8 May 1998

Porsche 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.