Porsche 911 Carrera owners have reported 4 problems related to air bag light on (under the air bag category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
There is a persistent problem with the air bag. Records (from previous owner) show that there were repairs to the wiring harness and seat buckle at 39,786 miles, again at 44,056 miles, and once again at 45,157 miles. Over the past two years (as the current owner), I have had the air bag light turned off twice by the dealer (at around 50,000 and 52,000 miles) but the light has reappeared after a period of operation. Although this is safety related item, Porsche says it is not obligated to make the repair since the car is out of warranty. Their dealer also stated (last year) that if I paid for such a repair (about $1000) and the problem reoccurred over time, I would still have to pay for the repair a second time. Porsche seems not to abide by the statement on the NHTSA website that "if a safety-related defect exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment, the manufacture must provide a remedy at no cost to the owner. " many other owners of this vehicle apparently have had the same problem with the air bag. Somehow, Porsche USA should be forced to comply with national regulations and/or policy. They are very unresponsive.
See all problems of the 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera.
Airbag light is illuminated after 54k miles. After reading Porsche forum posts and contacting multiple dealers, I have learned this is a _very_ common issue. It may or may not result in faulty airbag deployment.
I own a 1999 carrera cabriolet. The air bag light on the dash displays continuously and the front driver' s side lap belt does not engage. This problem was noted shortly after purchase. The dealer identified the problems and the parts were never obtained and the warranty repair never completed. The seat belt would intermittently work but now it is completely inoperable. This is apparently a relatively common occurrence according to the dealer. I believe that Porsche is not meeting federal safety requirements by its failure to provide safety equipment that is not defective and by its failure to repair such defects. The dealer estimate to get the seat belt and air bag functioning is $1200. My car presently has only 11,000 original miles. Not only was this defect not corrected under warranty, but it is hard to imagine that an auto with such few miles has malfunctioning safety equipment. I believe that Porsche is not living up to federal safety standards by selling autos with malfunctioning seat belts and airbags and does not provide corrective action.
Air bag light stays on. My '1999 911 Carrera just had it's 30000 major service completed at stevinson Porsche in denver, CO. The next day the airbag light came on and stays on. I made an appointment and was informed that the cost of repair would be "$250 and up". I have since read thru numerous forums that this is a "reported"/"common" issue involving the seat belt wiring system and that Porsche is aware of it, has a repair kit available, but that it is not their responsibility to provide the correction to this saftey issue. Has there been a "recall" issued for this problem?.