Brooklyn Porsche aficionados may be interested to hear of a recall that
was put in place with regard to the 911 GT3. According to Porsche engineers,
the vehicle contains defects that could cause it to spontaneously burst
into flames. More specifically, the motor vehicle defect relates to the
sports car's engine.
Engineers report that a loose rod in the GT3 engine will eventually cause
lubrication to leak into the hot engine compartment. The leaking lubrication
has already caused two Porsches to burst into flames. No car accidents
and no injuries were caused by these fires, but engineers deemed that
the defects were severe enough to warrant a recall.
At this time, GT3 owners have been advised to cease driving their cars
immediately. Porsche has asked drivers to arrange for their vehicles to
be picked up to have the engine replaced. In total, 784 of these high-end
luxury vehicles will be affected by the recall. Fortunately, approximately
204 have yet to be delivered to United States customers; therefore, the
engine replacement can be performed prior to delivery.
Porsche, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group, is acting appropriately
to curb the risk of injury by correcting the motor vehicle defect immediately.
However, not all defects of this type are discovered before a serious
or fatal injury occurs. Family members of drivers who are killed -- and
drivers who are injured -- because of a motor vehicle defect, will have
the right to pursue wrongful death and/or personal injury claims against
the manufacturer responsible. Each case like this is different, but sometimes
a manufacturer will be named along with a negligent driver who caused
the accident. For example, injuries caused by a negligent driver in Brooklyn
could be made worse due to a defect associated with a vehicle's airbags
or other safety equipment.
Source: CNN Money, Porsche to replace GT3 engines due to fire risk, Peter Valdes-Dapena,
March 18, 2014