While doing some research on Electronically Stored Information, a hot topic in legal circles, I came across the following piece of litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
IN RE: PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC. PLASTIC COOLANT TUBES PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION
Case No. 2:11-md-2233
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO, EASTERN DIVISION
2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7999
This is a collection of complaints, including some class actions, from all over the country arising from an alleged defect in plastic coolant tubes in the Cayenne. While the complaint claims that it applies to all years and all models of Cayennes, the allegations seem to suggest that it really applies to the V-8 motor from 2003 to 2006 or there about.
If you own or owned one of these cars in New Jersey, you are probably a member of this putative class. You may want to keep track of this case which has only been around for about 10 months or so, meaning it probably has a long way to go.
More importantly, however, if you own one of these cars and you have not had the OEM repair to exchange plastic tubes for aluminum pipes, you may want to look at it. According to the complaint, the failure can be catastrophic and cause damage to ancillariy components like the starter and the transmission seals.
Most of the complaints seem to start with a low coolant warning light. The owner topped up the coolant which extinguished the light, but failed to follow up on the root cause of the lost coolant. Then the tubes failed and the coolant was allegedly released into the engine compartment.
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