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Porsche Recalls 4,383 Sports Cars

January 29, 1999

DETROIT (AP) _ Porsche AG is recalling 5,383 of its 911 model sports cars worldwide to repair an electrical problem that can cause the driver’s air bag to activate unintentionally.

The German automaker said Friday that the recall involves certain 1996 911 Carrera, Targa and Turbo models, including 1,968 cars in the United States and 119 in Canada.

Owners are being asked by mail to take their cars to their dealer for a free inspection and installation of a device that protects the air bag from voltage peaks that could cause unintended activation. Owners also are being asked to stop driving the car if the air bag warning light goes on, then to have it towed to the dealer.

In the United States, there have been 31 reports of Porsche air bags deploying unintentionally. Several of those deployments have injured the driver, but none has resulted in an accident, said spokesman Bob Carlson of Porsche Cars North America Inc. in Atlanta.

Carlson said Porsche did not have figures on how many such incidents had been reported elsewhere.

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