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Recall 04V068000

Fuel System Creates Static Charge And Sparks

Recall Details

The ground that prevents the fuel system from creating electrostatic sparks may be insufficient, causing a fire and explosion hazard when fueling the vehicle. Dealers will inspect the ground connection and repair it as needed free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The fuel system may not be grounded properly, resulting in the risk of electrostatic charges that create dangerous sparks to occur while fueling the vehicle. This can cause an explosion.

What Should You Do?

Porsche notified owners of affected vehicles starting in March 2004. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Exhaust & Emissions, February 18, 2004

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 18, 2004
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
35
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
04V068000
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, IF THE GROUND CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SPIRAL RING OF THE TANK FILLER NECK AND THE CONNECTING PIPE TO THE FUEL TANK IS INADEQUATE, THE FLOW OF FUEL DURING REFUELING CAN CREATE AN ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE, WHICH COULD DISCHARGE AND SPARK. THIS SPARK COULD IGNITE FUEL VAPORS IN THE AREA OUTSIDE THE TANK FILLER NECK THAT COULD LEAD TO A MUFFLED DETONATION.
Consequence
DUE TO SUCH A STARTLING EVENT, THE INDIVIDUAL REFUELING THE VEHICLE COULD REMOVE THE FUEL NOZZLE AT PRECISELY THE MOMENT OF THE DETONATION WITHOUT FIRST STOPPING THE FUELING PROCESS. IN SUCH A CIRCUMSTANCE, FUEL ESCAPING OUTSIDE OF THE FUEL TANK MAY IGNITE, RESULTING IN A FIRE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE GROUND CONNECTION AND, IF NECESSARY, CORRECTED. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON MARCH 29, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT PORSCHE AT 1-800-545-8039.
Notify
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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