Porsche Taycan recalled over high-voltage battery fire concerns, faulty charging cables

Porsche has issued two new recalls for the Taycan. The first recall is for 2021-2023 Taycan models related to concerns with the high-voltage battery that could potentially lead to a fire, while the second is because the charging cable may overheat.

Both Transport Canada and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued the recalls. The high-voltage battery recall impacts 19 Taycans in Canada and 205 in the US, while the charging cable recall impacts 5,071 owners of Taycan and hybrid Porsche models in Canada and 41,345 in the US.

High-Voltage Battery Recall

According to the NHTSA recall document, which you can read in full below, the issue revolves around the high-voltage batteries experiencing short circuits within the battery modules, posing the risk of thermal events and, in some cases, fires. The exact cause of the defect is still under investigation, but Porsche says preliminary analysis suggests that multiple charging events above the upper voltage limit could lead to battery cell degradation and internal short circuits.

The recall outlines that affected components, specifically the cell block module in the high-voltage battery, will be inspected, and if necessary, replaced at no cost to the owner. The recall covers the Taycan, Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, Taycan Turbo S, Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, Taycan GTS, Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan GTS Sport Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

While there are no specific warnings related to the identified defect, Porsche says it has taken steps to prevent further occurrences. Vehicles produced after June 22, 2023, are not subject to this recall, as the issue has been addressed in the production process.

Porsche Charging Cable Recall

Separately, Porsche has issued a second recall for all model year Taycans, and other hybrid Porsche models. This recall is related to the NEMA charging cable, which may overheat during charging when plugged into lower quality electrical outlets. Porsche initially identified the issue in December 2020 and attempted to address it with a service campaign in May 2022. However, further instances of overheating have since been reported, leading to the decision to conduct a safety recall.

The fix involves replacing the existing NEMA charging cable with a new cable that has been upgraded to include a temperature sensor to detect potential overheating. The recall covers vehicles produced from May 2, 2022, to December 13, 2023. Porsche has identified 110 incidents related to the issue.

You can read the full NHTSA recall notices below. Transport Canada’s recall can be found here and here.


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