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Porsche recalls 1,700 high-performance 911 models over wheel defect

by Drew Johnson

Porsche is recalling more than 1,700 examples of its highest-performing 911 models over an issue with the cars' central locking wheel hubs.

Porsche is recalling 1,702 examples of its highest-performing 911 models due to defective wheel hubs. The recall involves 911 Turbo, Turbo S, GT2 RS, GT3 and GT3 RS models from the 2010-2011 model years.

The recall covers 911 models equipped with Porsche's central locking wheel devise. Derived from Porsche's motorsports program, the hub design is intended to reduce rotating mass and make wheel changes faster, but is proving to be problematic in vehicles built between May 2009 and September 2010.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the wheel hub can wear prematurely, resulting in a loose wheel. If that situation occurs, it can increase the likelihood of a crash.

Porsche dealers will remedy the problem by replacing the central locking hubs and wheels with a new design. Porsche has yet to provide an owner notification schedule but, given the high value of the cars involved, we suspect the issue will be taken care of in a timely manner.