Porsche’s name is synonymous with “luxury” and “power.” As such, when the company issues a recall, it’s a shock to anyone who is accustomed to the company being a model of sports car manufacturing that other companies try to emulate. That’s part of what makes the recent recall of the Porsche Taycan so surprising.
The recent recall affects some 43,000 vehicles and puts a damper on excitement over the company’s all-electric vehicle.
The Porsche Taycan was exciting when it was announced, as it’s the first all-electric sports car from Porsche. Porsche is recalling the vehicle due to a software issue, not a hardware failure. According to reports from some drivers, the software glitch can result in a sudden loss of power for the all-electric vehicle.
This is extremely dangerous for obvious reasons. If a driver is cruising down the road at normal highway speeds and suddenly loses power, their vehicle becomes a massive road hazard. The chances of being in a car accident go up immensely when your vehicle suddenly loses power.
The German automaker issued an official statement, writing “Porsche is reviewing and updating the software for the power electronics and the engine control unit on approximately 43,000 units of Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo vehicles from the 2020 to 2021 model years, of which about 3,400 are in Germany.
“In case of the affected vehicles, there is the possibility that in certain instances a shutdown of the power train, resulting in loss of motive power may be triggered incorrectly and sporadically. A software update will be installed in the workshop.”
At the time of this writing, there have been no official reports of any accidents or injuries occurring as a result of this software failure. Reports indicate that the sudden loss of engine power can occur at any speed and in any condition. This makes the error extremely difficult to predict, as it could occur randomly.
Drivers of Porsche Taycans are encouraged to exercise caution when on the road until they are notified by Porsche of whether their vehicle is affected. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified and will be able to bring their vehicles to a licensed Porsche dealer for a repair.
The repair will involve a simple software update that will address the power loss glitch. The good news is that this kind of fix is very simple, now that Porsche is aware of the problem. However, that there was a problem at all strikes many enthusiasts as a troubling sign for the luxury brand.