Feds Probe 2001-'07 Porsche 911 for Rapid Coolant Loss


  • 2007 Porsche 911 Picture

    2007 Porsche 911 Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 10,000 2001-'07 Porsche 911s. | April 30, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA is investigating an estimated 10,000 2001-'07 Porsche 911s because a coolant hose fitting may fail and cause rapid coolant loss with little or no warning.
  • NHTSA said it has received 10 complaints alleging incidents of sudden coolant loss in 2001-'07 Porsche 911s equipped with the GT1 engine.
  • Porsche Cars North America told Edmunds on Tuesday that "we just became aware of the investigation and are fully cooperating."

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 10,000 2001-'07 Porsche 911s because a coolant hose fitting may fail and cause rapid coolant loss with little or no warning.

NHTSA said it has received 10 complaints alleging incidents of sudden coolant loss in 2001-'07 Porsche 911s equipped with the GT1 engine.

"A coolant hose fitting may fail and cause rapid coolant loss with little or no warning, which may result in vehicle disablement and, due to coolant covering the road surface, a possible loss of control to the affected vehicle or to following traffic," said NHTSA in its problem description.

No crashes, injuries or fatalities have been linked to the probe, according to federal safety regulators.

Porsche Cars North America told Edmunds on Tuesday that "we just became aware of the investigation and are fully cooperating."

Federal safety regulators have opened what is called a "preliminary evaluation" into the matter. Such an action sometimes leads to a recall, but the 2001-'07 Porsche 911 has not been recalled at this point.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2001-'07 Porsche 911, you'll have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their investigation before determining if any action is necessary.

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