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Porsche 911 probed for coolant leaks

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:48 am

DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators are investigating coolant leaks in Porsche 911 sports cars that could cause drivers to lose control of the cars.

The probe affects about 10,000 models with the GT1 engine from the 2001 through 2007 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a hose fitting can fail and cause rapid coolant leaks without warning. The coolant can cover the road and cause drivers to lose control of their cars.

The agency says it has 10 complaints of coolant leaks. One driver said a 911 lost rear tire traction because a leak, sending the car into a spin and off the road.

Investigators will determine if the problem has caused any injuries and if it's bad enough to cause a recall.

Porsche says it is cooperating in the investigation.

Viper checked for suspension problem

DETROIT – U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that a rear suspension part can fail on the iconic Dodge Viper muscle car.

The investigation disclosed Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 2,500 Vipers from the 2005 and 2006 model years.

The safety agency says a rear suspension connector could break while the car is moving, causing drivers to lose control. NHTSA has two complaints of crashes and one injury caused by the problem.

Investigators will check to see whether the problem is bad enough to cause a recall.

Ford to enter Myanmar by August

YANGON, Myanmar – Ford Motor Co. announced its entry into Myanmar on Tuesday, saying it plans to open the nation's first sales and service showroom for new vehicles by August.

Myanmar's vehicle market has been stunted by decades of international sanctions and strict import controls put in place by the military junta that ruled for nearly 50 years, handing out import licenses to a few favored tycoons. Today most vehicles on the road are used Japanese cars, with an estimated 80 percent of vehicles more than 10 years old.

Ford has no immediate plans to open assembly or manufacturing plants.

Heinz shareholders OK acquisition

NEW YORK – Heinz is one step closer to going private.

The Pittsburgh-based ketchup maker said Tuesday that shareholders overwhelmingly approved its acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, the investment firm that also owns Burger King.

The $23 billion deal, which is the biggest ever in the food industry, is still subject to regulatory approvals.

Obama administration simplifies health form

WASHINGTON – After a storm of complaints, the Obama administration Tuesday unveiled simplified forms to apply for insurance under the president's new health care law. You won't have to lay bare your medical history but you will have to detail your finances.

An earlier version of the forms provoked widespread griping that they were as bad as tax forms and might overwhelm the uninsured.

The biggest change: a five-page short form that single people can fill out.

But the abridged application form for families still runs to 12 pages, even if most households will not have to fill out every page. Most people are expected to take another option, applying online.

The ease or difficulty of applying for benefits takes on added importance because Americans remain confused about what the law will mean for them. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday found that 4 in 10 are unaware it's the law of the land. Some think it's been repealed by Congress. In fact, it's still on track.

–From wire reports