Porsche issued a voluntary recall the new 911 GT3 sports car and has told owners to stop driving them immediately due to a possible fire risk.
Volkswagen-owned Porsche announced Thursday that it would be inspecting all 785 of the 2014 vehicles which includes 408 models in the U.S. This decision was made “after engine damage occurred in two vehicles in Europe and the vehicles then caught fire,” Porsche said in a statement.
UK spokesman told The Telegraph buyers with cars on order will now have to wait for the outcome before taking delivery. “For those customers that haven’t yet had their cars, it’s only right and proper that we investigate this situation in a thorough way,” the spokesman said.
Owners have been alerted to the problem via emails and phone calls. Porsche is offering to pick up the vehicles and take them to a dealership immediately. Owners can call Porsche at 800-767-7243 for more information.
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.
“Internal studies to determine the cause of the engine damage have not been completed yet,” the company said. “Porsche will report on any new findings immediately.”
Company spokesman Nick Twork said the two vehicles that caught fire in Europe was because oil caught fire and engineers are currently conducting studies to figure out how this happened.
Twork said the automaker will offer loaner cars.
Thankfully, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the fires.
The Porsche GT3, which costs more than $130,000, is the sportiest of the 911 models.
No other 911 models are affected.