Recall Alert: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3

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Vehicles Affected: About 209 model-year 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 sports coupes manufactured between Oct. 19, 2013, and Jan. 16, 2014.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, a piston connecting rod may come loose and damage the engine crankcase, which may allow engine oil to leak onto hot components in the engine bay, possibly causing a fire. In February, Porsche issued a warning to all 785 affected vehicle owners worldwide to immediately stop driving the cars due to the risk of engine fire, in addition to a stop-sale order to dealers, after two engine fires in Europe related to the piston connecting rod problem. The automaker said no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will install a new engine with improved piston connecting rod connections for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Porsche at 800-767-7243, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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Porsche to Replace Engines in Model-Year 2014 911 GT3

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After engine damage caused fires in two European editions of the 2014 911 GT3, Porsche said it would investigate the cause and told owners of all 785 vehicles worldwide to stop driving their cars. Now the automaker says it will replace the engines in all of those cars. The German sports-carmaker, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, called the move a "corrective action derived from intensive internal analyses." No recall has been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The engine fire resulted from loose fasteners on the engine's connecting rods — part of what fastens the base of the rod to the crankshaft — which allowed oil from the crankshaft bearings to leak.

Replaced engines will have better fasteners, Porsche says. The automaker says it's "in direct communication with customers worldwide" to discuss what needs to be done.

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By Kelsey Mays | March 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Porsche Investigates 2014 911 GT3 Engine Fires

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Porsche is telling all owners of model-year 2014 911 GT3 sports coupes to stop driving the cars immediately due to the risk of engine fire. The automaker is investigating the cause of the fire and in the meantime, has reached out to all 785 affected vehicle owners worldwide and issued a stop-sale order to its dealers.

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Engine damage in two vehicles in Europe caused them to start fire, though Porsche said there were no accidents or injuries related to the malfunction. Porsche spokesman Nick Twork told us that this is not a recall but a proactive safety measure; the automaker is also working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding the issue. Twork said that the malfunction's cause is still under investigation.

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.

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