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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

MISC. EQUIPMENT

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Porsche Cars N.A., Incorporated

Models:

Child Seating System Air Bag Deactivation Kit

Number Involved: 32
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E005 Porsche Campaign No. AW 04
Equipment Description: Child seating system air bag deactivation kit for use on 1997-1998 Model 911 Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, 911 Turbo model vehicles (Part No. 993 803 283 00) and Boxster model vehicles (Part Numbers 996 803 283 00 or 996 803 083 00).
Description of Defect: Due to a manufacturing problem, the contact buckle (which is part of the kit) does not deactivate the air bag.
Consequence of Defect: In the event of a crash, deployment of the air bags could result in severe injury or death to the child seat occupant
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a modified air bag deactivation kit.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began March 2, 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.