One- and 30-liter bottles state DOT, instead of DOT4.
Porsche North America has issued a pretty interesting recall. The German manufacturer along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have announced certain one-liter containers of Porsche-brand brake fluid, as well as 30-liter containers of the same fluid, have a misleading information on their stickers.
All the units manufactured between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 state DOT and not the required DOT 4. As such, NHTSA explains, these bottles of brake fluid “fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 116.”
And while it may seem like a minor issue, the agency says the brake fluid may unintentionally be used in a vehicle brake system that is incompatible with that type of fluid, affecting brake performance and increasing the risk of a crash, if the brake fluid isn’t labeled in accordance with the regulations.
Of course, this recall doesn’t affect customers directly, and Porsche will work with its dealers to relabel the containers free of charge.
Definitely, this recall is one of the weirdest we’ve seen, bringing back memories of other super interesting campaigns over the years. For example, back in 2013 Toyota recalled 885,000 Camry, Venza, and Avalon models, because it found out spiders were building webs near the air conditioning condensers, causing blockage in draining tubes. A few months earlier, Honda asked owners of the then new Odyssey to visit dealerships, because the model name’s badge was placed on the wrong side of the rear.
But in 1995 Toyota made a hit, recalling 627,858 Corolla cars. These vehicles had a cup holder in the center console, hiding the airbag sensors. The Japanese company discovered that if drinks were to spill over this area, the airbag warning light could start blinking on the dashboard. What’s more, there was a risk the airbag could even deploy.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain 1L containers of Porsche-brand Brake Fluid, part number 00004330552, as well as 30L containers of Brake Fluid, part number 00004330553, manufactured September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2016. These bottles of brake fluid state "DOT" and not the required "DOT 4." As such, these bottles of brake fluid fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 116, "Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids."
If the brake fluid isn't labeled in accordance with the regulations, the brake fluid may unintentionally be used in a vehicle brake system that is incompatible with that type of fluid, affecting brake performance and increasing the risk of a crash.
Porsche will notify dealers, and have the the brake fluid containers relabeled, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.