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Porshe to Recall Selected 1997 Porsche Boxsters

2 June 1998

Porsche Cars North America and Porsche Cars Canada To Recall Selected 1997 Porsche Boxsters
               To Replace Ignition Switch and Bearing Sleeves

    ATLANTA, June 2 -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA)
and Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. (PCC), today announced two Recall Campaigns
involving selected 1997 model year Porsche Boxsters.
    A total of 3,217 U.S. and 234 Canadian Boxsters are being recalled to
repair faulty ignition switches that may crack and cause electrical failures
in such systems as heating and air conditioning, headlamps, and windshield
wipers. An ignition switch with a cracked housing can be recognized when the
ignition key does not fully return by itself, or if the key is binding while
operating. To remedy the problem, the ignition switch and/or the complete
steering lock assembly (which includes the ignition switch) must be replaced.
    A total of 738 U.S. and 61 Canadian Boxsters equipped with the Tiptronic
automatic transmission system are being recalled to repair faulty gear
selector-lever bearing sleeves. Over time, these bearing sleeves can seize
making it impossible to shift into any gear when using the selector lever. To
avoid an untimely repair, the bearing sleeves of the intermediate selector
lever mounted to the Tiptronic transmission must be replaced.
    A total of 740 Boxsters are affected by both recalls. PCNA will coordinate
the mailing of both recall campaigns to known owners so repairs for each can
be conducted at the same time. This notification, to be mailed during the week
of June 1, 1998, encourages them to bring their affected vehicles to
authorized Porsche dealers to have the necessary replacements performed.
    The two problems were discovered during internal quality control checks
and/or from field reports and the investigation of affected components.
Porsche is not aware of any accidents relating to them.