Owners of 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Warned Not To Drive Car After Fires


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    2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Picture

    Porsche is warning drivers of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 not to drive the cars after fires gutted two cars in Switzerland and Italy. | February 20, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Porsche is warning drivers of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 not to drive the cars after fires gutted two cars in Switzerland and Italy.
  • Porsche's U.S. dealers have been told to stop selling the car until the problem can be resolved.
  • Although no U.S. recall has been ordered at this point, a Porsche Cars North America spokesman told Edmunds that it is working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on next steps.

STUTTGART, Germany — Porsche is warning drivers of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 not to drive the cars after fires gutted two cars in Switzerland and Italy.

Porsche's U.S. dealers have been told to stop selling the car until the problem can be resolved.

Although no U.S. recall has been ordered at this point, a Porsche Cars North America spokesman told Edmunds that it is working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on next steps. NHTSA oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

"This is an unprecedented situation," said Nick Twork, a Porsche spokesman, in a phone conversation on Thursday. "We are doing our best to find the cause of the issue. Until we know, we are being as cautious as possible."

He added: "We've said owners should stop driving them. We've offered to retrieve vehicles and take them to a Porsche dealer until we are able to determine what the issue is. I'm fairly certain alternative transportation will be provided."

Porsche has not yet told owners to park the vehicles outside. Twork said the two fires occurred while the engine was running.

No injuries were reported in either of the European incidents.

"Both vehicles were brought to a safe stop," Twork said.

He also noted that no other Porsche models have been included in the stop-sale order. "This is very specific to the GT3," he said.

Twork said the situation affects 785 2014 Porsche 911 GT3s worldwide and around 400 cars in the U.S. The GT3 is the sportiest 911 model. It starts at $131,395, including a $995 destination charge.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2014 Porsche 911 GT3, do not drive it and call your dealer to arrange for pick-up of the car.

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