Porsche recalling 2010-2011 911 because wheels can loosen

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Porsches are meant to be driven like they were stolen. Whether it’s bombing the Autobahn or your favorite race circuit, Porsche equipped some of its cars with racecar style center locking wheel-retention system to reduce weight and wheel flex. So the last thing you want to hear is that they’re being recalled.

A total of 1,702 Porsche 911s equipped with the center-locking hubs, which includes the 911 GT2 RS, the GT3 and GT3 RS, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S, are being recalled because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that as they wear, the wheels could loosen.

“Over time, the hubs can wear prematurely,” said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. “As the hubs wear, the wheels could loosen, increasing the risk of a crash.”

Porsche also confirmed and announced that this is a small possibility but is only most likely with cars operating under racing conditions. For example, back in August of 2010, a German Porsche dealer that also sponsors racing teams in events at European racetracks notified Porsche AG of several cases where the center wheel hubs failed on three 911 Carrera GT3s during semiprofessional racing conditions. However, there are no reported cases during public road use, Porsche also said.

The Zuffenhausen make also responded by developing new components as well as improved instructions for use under racing conditions. Porsche dealers will replace the center-locking hubs and wheels with the improved design for free so if you are an owner of a Porsche with the center-locking wheel retention system, you can contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243 for more information.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Inside Line