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A recall affecting the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 performance model has been announced, due to an issue relating to the rear-wheel drive sports car’s rear axle.

A total of 36 Porsche 997 911 GT3 models with centre lock wheels, built between February 19, 2009 and April 6, 2010, have been recalled for an issue with the rear wheel hubs and bearings.

According to the official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website, “in rare circumstances, the wheel hubs and wheel bearings on the rear axle may break.”

“If the rear wheel hubs and bearings break, the driver may lose control of the vehicle and create a hazard to the driver and other road users.”

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Porsche Australia’s Paul Ellis told CarAdvice the hubs and bearings “don’t break” and are being replaced “to standardise the revision intervals”.

Letters will be sent out to owners of the affected models to arrange the replacement of the necessary parts, which will take an estimated six and a half hours to complete. Ellis said there are no reported incidents relating to the recall.

The same rear axle issue in the US has led to 455 Porsche 911 GT3s, manufactured between May 15, 2009 and February 11, 2010, to also be recalled.