Porsche Announces Recall on Selected 1996 Porsche 911 Models
29 January 1999Porsche Announces Recall on Selected 1996 Porsche 911 Models to Modify Horn Relay System
ATLANTA, Jan. 29 -- Dr.Ing.h.c.F. Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany, today announced a recall of selected 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Targa and 911 Turbo models for electrical system inspection. The recall involves 5,383 cars worldwide, including 1,968 in the U.S. and 119 in Canada. A possibility exists that voltage peaks from diverse electrical equipment, such as the horn relay, may cause unintentional triggering of the driver's airbag on these affected 911 models. The recall involves an inspection of the vehicle's airbag system and the installation of a special filter horn relay that protects the airbag unit from voltage peaks, thereby preventing unintentional triggering. Unintentional triggering of the airbag can cause serious injury to the hands and arms from the deploying airbag. As a precautionary measure, owners of the affected 911 models are advised 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 are advised to immediately stop the car and utilize Porsche's Roadside Assistance Program to have it towed to an authorized Porsche dealer where the necessary inspection and repair will be made.