Porsche Cayenne Lawsuits Filed in Two StatesMay 16, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
Two owners of Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicles have filed lawsuits claiming that certain models of the vehicle were built with defective plastic coolant piping that is prone to cracking. According to the lawsuits, this can lead to coolant leaks and significant engine damage.
The Porsche Cayenne lawsuits - filed in federal court in New Jersey and New York - claims Porsche used these plastic coolant tubes rather than aluminum tubes, knowing the plastic version was likely to degrade and crack. Rather than fix the problem, Porsche has chosen to exploit owners of the affected Cayenne vehicles by forcing them to pay for the cost of new parts, labor charges, and any resulting engine damage, the suits claim.
According to the New York Porsche Cayenne lawsuit, the plaintiff was forced to purchase an OEM update kit, which contained aluminum tubes, at a cost of $1,000. The New Jersey plaintiff was forced to pay more than $2,000 for the update kit and labor. According to both lawsuits, plastic tubes like those originally used in the vehicles are not available as replacement parts, and Cayenne owners have no choice but to pay for more expensive - and durable - aluminum tubes.
Both lawsuits claim that Porsche has chosen not to warn Cayenne owners of the potential dangers of a sudden coolant spill, and continues to promote the vehicles as safe, reliable and free from material defects. The lawsuits further allege that Porsche made a corporate decision to conceal these defects from consumers.
Both lawsuits are seeking class action certification. In addition to seeking reimbursement for repair costs incurred by the owners of the impacted Porsche Cayenne models, the lawsuits are seeking a Porsche Cayenne recall so the allegedly defective plastic cooling tubes can be replaced.