Porsche Issues GT3 Recall. Could They Be Responsible Paul Walker and Ryan Dunn's Tragic Deaths?
Porsche Issued an "inspection" of all 2014 GT3's after hearing reports of "engine problems". Yes, you heard right; This industry - leading automaker has attempted to disguise yet another massive recall (quite poorly, I might add) by labeling it as a mandatory "inspection". These engine problems? The new GT3 may look good, but the engine could catch on fire at any given moment. 785 owners of 2014 GT3's are now furious, demanding answers regarding the company's shocking safety oversights.
This isn't the first time Porsche has issued recalls for failing to provide their customers with safe vehicles. The 996 Turbo (models made from 1998-2005) had a recall for all of the driver's seats to be replaced. The problem? During collisions, a bar would fracture in the seat's back, and impale the driver. This is one of six recalls for the 911 turbo. There have also been recalls on the following 2014 models: 911 Carerra, Cayman, Boxter, and Cayenne GTS. If you look at Porsche's history of issuing recalls (wait.. I mean "inspections"), the list goes on.
Porsche is a company that has succeeded because of their customers lifelong brand loyalty. Porsche owners are buying more than a car, they are buying a lifestyle. Some are Purists, refusing to set foot in any Porsche that isn't a 911. Yet Porsche has also gained a new customer base, and saw huge success from the Cayenne, Cayman, Boxter, and Panamera over the past decade. If Porsche doesn't establish a reputation as a company that produces safe vehicles, they will continue to lose customers regardless of which model they own. Porsche needs to get their priorities straight, and develop an engineering team that values safety over reaching performance targets and deadlines.
Paul Walker Crash
Ryan Dunn Crash
Paul Walker and Ryan Dunn
Both Paul Walker and Ryan Dunn were in Porsche's when they died in fatal accidents, and both crashes resulted in fiery explosions. Although reckless driving was no doubt the cause of these two accidents, many are beginning to question whether Porsche's blatant disregard for vehicle safety played a part in the celebrities' tragic deaths.
Pushing high performance vehicles to their limits has inherent risk and shouldn't be attempted on public roadways, but car manufacturers have an obligation to provide customers with the best chance of survival in the case of an accident - and Porsche has repeatedly failed to do so. When a crash results in explosion, chances of survival plummet, making other safety precautions such as airbags and seat - belts virtually irrelevant. I hope that the executive leaders at Porsche are mourning these two great men, while re-evaluating their engineering and production strategy to ensure that no more unnecessary lives are lost.