Porsche Stops Sale of Certain Models Over Emissions Issues
Porsche is pumping the brakes on sales of some of its sports cars, citing a snafu that could cause the vehicles to fail emissions requirements.
The company ordered dealers to stop selling some 911s, Boxsters, Caymans, Cayennes, and Panameras from 2012 to 2016, Business Insider reports.
The cars in question come with a now-discontinued Sport Chrono Package, allowing drivers to select different modes for winding roads and extreme driving. Some of them emit more nitrogen oxide than permitted when used in “Sport Plus” mode, the German luxury automaker told Business Insider.
"Porsche proactively informed authorities and continues to work to review the issue," a Porsche spokesperson told Business Insider. "Both the 'Normal' and 'Sport' modes were found to be compliant with all known emissions standards based on testing performed by the company — as was 'Sport Plus' mode on many models tested.”
The company says it is working on a software update to fix the glitch and allow the cars to be sold.
Car Defects: What Are an Owner's Legal Rights?
The Porsche news is another reminder that cars often come loaded with latent defects that no one notices until long after leaving the factory floor. Although Porsche says its vehicles remain safe to drive, millions of cars are recalled each year because of significant safety defects that put everyone on the road at risk.
That is where the California lemon law comes in. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires Porsche and other car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty.
The law also forces manufacturers to buy back vehicles that the company cannot or is unwilling to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase prices and financing costs, as well as other related expenses. The company can instead offer to replace the car, but it is up to the owner to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
There is no specific number of repair attempts or requests that must be made before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. That is one of several reasons why it is important to seek the advice of an experienced California lemon law attorney.
Speak With a California Lemon Law Attorney
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