Plaintiff, a California resident and owner of a 2007 Porsche 911 vehicle, brings this action on behalf of himself and all other similarly situated owners and lessees within California of 2005-2008 Porsche 911 Vehicles. As alleged, the Class Vehicles are equipped with a defective alternator cable that, due to its defective nature, malfunctions and thereby prevents the alternator from properly charging the battery. As a result of the defective alternator cable, the vehicle battery is left insufficiently charged, potentially rendering the vehicle inoperable as there is insufficient electric charge to power the car.
Vehicles driven at the time the charge dissipates can be rendered disabled in the middle of a road or highway. If the failure occurs in the evening, or during rain, the insufficient battery charge may also render the vehicle’s headlights and other electrical equipment inoperable even before the vehicle is disabled. Either situation poses a real and significant safety risk.
Defendant Porsche Cars North America, Inc. has known about this defect but has failed to make any disclosure of it and has failed to take any corrective action. Plaintiff, whose vehicle suffered the fate of a depleted battery due to a defective alternator cable, therefore, brings this action to seek redress for Porsche’s violations of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”) and Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”).
This action arises out of a uniform problem in the Class Vehicles and their beige-colored dashboards, including, but not limited to, Luxor Beige, Sand Beige, or any other beige or lighter-colored dashboard (collectively, “Beige Dashboards”), which cause an unsafe glare or reflection onto the windshields of the Class Vehicles.
According to the complaint this distracting and unsafe windshield glare caused by the reflection of the lighter-colored dashboards can impair the driver’s ability to see through the windshield while driving (the “Windshield Glare”), which poses an obvious safety risk.
As alleged, owners of the affected vehicles have a reasonable expectation that they should be able to see clearly through their windshields during normal and routine use of their vehicles, However, the Windshield Glare problem severely inhibits driver’s ability to see clearly through the windshield without dangerous distraction or impediments. This is a clear safety hazard, because it limits the driver’s ability to safely control the car’s direction and maneuver the vehicle to avoid accidents with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, or other objects in the vehicle’s path.
According to the complaint, Defendant knew, or should have known, about the Windshield Glare problem through their exclusive knowledge of non-public, internal data about the Beige Dashboards and the Windshield Glare, including, without limitation, early consumer complaints about the Windshield Glare problem to Defendant’s dealers who are their agents for vehicle repairs; consumer complaints to NHTSA and resulting notice from NHTSA; early consumer complaints on websites and internet forums; dealership repair orders; testing conducted in response to owner or lessee complaints; and / or other internal sources of aggregate information about the problem.
Volkswagen, Porsche & Audi drivers have complained of numerous electrical issues and failures caused by a variety of vermin gnawing, chewing and ultimately eating through the electrical wires powering these cars. Upon information and belief the manufacturers of these vehicles use soy based sheathing on the electrical wires that attracts a wide variety of vermin such as mice, rodents, rats, squirrels and even animals as large as possums. Depending on the wires that are damaged, this may lead to a variety of problems resulting in hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repairs. In addition to the effect on a variety of electrical systems, which itself poses a safety hazard to drivers and vehicle occupants, these animals may carry disease and therefore pose an additional health hazard by their presence in vehicles.
Volkswagen, Porsche & Audi manufacturers are manifestly aware that use of an organic based sheathing on wiring components has attracted a variety of vermin, and caused hundreds, if not thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to affected vehicles. Despite this knowledge, manufacturers have refused to accept responsibility for the damage and routinely reject consumer claims both in and out of warranty, placing the onus of the entire bill on the car owners.
We believe this practice is unfair and potentially actionable. If your car has been affected by this issue and you wish to discuss your legal rights and potential remedies please use the contact attorney box below. Also, if you wish to share your story publicly, we welcome your comments below.
Lawyers have initiated an investigation of a potential defect in the shifter cable of Porsche 911 and Cayman automobiles. According to the investigation, the shifter cables in these vehicles may be experiencing an abnormally high rate of failure. Failure of the shifter cable of cars under warranty are being covered by Porsche, but out of warranty vehicles require owners to pay to fix the problem.
Failure of the shifter cable may result in the inability to shift gears or get the car into gear. This is a safety hazard.
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Porsche is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 vehicles manufactured from March 7, 2012, through November 12, 2012, and equipped with a standard (not sport) exhaust system. The exhaust tail pipe may fracture and separate from the rear muffler.
If the exhaust tail pipe separates from the muffler it may become a hazard for other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear mufflers free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.