Porsche Taycan Recall for Battery Fire Risks Expands

Porsche has issued a second recall for the Taycan for the same issue. This second expanded recall, affecting 19 units in Canada and 749 in the US spanning the 2021 to 2024 model years, was prompted by the discovery of potential short-circuit risks within the high-voltage battery modules, which could lead to thermal events or even fires.

In December 2023 Porsche issued the first recall, covering 19 units in Canada and further 205 in the US. The recall was issued after reports of battery fires in the Taycan shortly after charging, first observed in 2021. This incident prompted Porsche to conduct an investigation, in collaboration with their battery supplier, LG Energy Solution, to determine the root cause and extent of the issue.

By March 2024, Porsche confirmed the defect’s presence in additional vehicles beyond those initially identified, leading to the decision to a second, expanded recall as a preventive measure.

The vehicles involved in this expanded recall were identified through advanced data analytics, pinpointing specific production clusters that might contain the defect. The recall includes a wide array of Taycan models, including the Taycan, Taycan 4S, Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, among others, with the issue being traced back to the high-voltage battery modules, sourced from LG Energy Solution in Poland, indicating a production anomaly that could increase the likelihood of internal short circuits.

As an interim solution, owners of the affected vehicles have been advised to limit battery charging to 80% capacity. This is a precautionary step until further data can be gathered and analyzed, either through dealer inspections or via over-the-air (OTA) data transmission, to determine the need for battery module replacements.

The replacement battery modules, once identified as necessary, will be manufactured with enhanced quality control measures to prevent recurrence of the issue. Porsche says vehicles produced after March 4, 2024, do not have the issue and are not included in this recall.

You can read the full NHTSA recall notice below, and the Transport Canada recall can be found here.

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