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Porsche Announces Recall on Selected 1996 Porsche 911 Models

29 January 1999

Porsche 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.