Porsche recalls vehicles with malfunctioning airbags

Atlanta, GA – May 8, 2022 – Porsche (OTCMKTS:POAHY) is recalling 9,570 2020-2021 Porsche Taycan sedans. whose airbags may fail to deploy as a result of damaged wiring. This reduces the level of protection in an event of a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.

Recall summary  

The airbags in the recalled vehicles are powered by wiring harnesses under the driver and passenger seats. Because of a supplier error, the harness can get caught up in the seat adjustment mechanism and become damaged when the seats get adjusted.

This can render the vehicle’s airbags inoperable.

The component causing this recall is the seat wire harness with part number N105938. 

Recall risks

Airbag failing to deploy increases the risk of injury in a crash. 

Warning signs

The airbag warning light will appear on the dashboard in case the wires that connect to them get damaged. Apart from that, occupants may have a hard time adjusting the seats or notice “ abnormal noise during adjustment.

Other Porsche Taycan recalls

This is not the only Porsche EV Recall that may be affecting these vehicles. Some of them could also have an issue with inaccessible child seat anchors, which prompted a recall last month. 

The repair

Dealers will inspect the harness under both front seats and repair any worn wiring. In addition, to prevent any future damage, they will wrap the harness with textile fabric tape. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on June 24, 2022 and all repairs will be done free of charge.   

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Porsche Taycan wiring harness recall affects almost 10,000 vehicles. To do a Porsche recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche recalls vehicles with inaccessible child seat anchors

Atlanta, GA  – March 6, 2022 – Porsche (OTCMKTS:POAHY) has recalled 5,305 luxury electric cars with a wiring issue that may prevent rear child seats from being adequately restrained. This increases the risk of an injury to the child in that seat in the event of an accident.

Vehicles affected by this recall include: 

  • 2020 Porsche Taycan
  • 2021 Porsche Taycan

Recall summary  

All vehicles affected by this recall are equipped with an optional rear center seat. Due to a supplier error, the wiring that goes underneath the seat may interfere with the anchoring point for the child seat, preventing it from locking properly.  

Recall risks

The seat may snap out of its anchoring points during a crash. If that happens, the child in the seat may get injured. 

Warning signs

If the wiring is blocking the anchoring point on the rear seat, the person fitting the child seat into the vehicle may notice it does not lock into position.  

Different ways of securing the child seat

There are two ways of securing a child seat. The one that is affected by this recall is known as the so-called  lower anchors and tethers for children system (LATCH) system. Even though the manufacturer does not specify it, parents should still be able to secure the seat using seatbelts.

Other Porsche recalls

There was a Porsche Taycan recall for the same model-years in October 2021 due to hazard lights that may come on on their own, confusing other drivers, as reported. These cars are also subject to a U.S. government investigation due to battery issues that may cause them to stall, also as reported.

As far as child seats go, there was a Volkswagen recall last September due to faulty child seat restraint systems, Volkswagen owns Porsche.

The repair

Dealers will check the positioning of the harness and replace it if necessary. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on April 22, 2022.  All repairs will be done free of charge.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

These Porsche child seatbelt issues are affecting more than 5,000 vehicles. To do a Porsche recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche recalls Taycan for hazard light issue

Atlanta, GA – October 30, 2021 – Porsche (OTCMKTS:POAHY) has recalled 11,827 2020 – 2021 Porsche Taycan electric vehicles whose hazard lights may come on automatically in the absence of an emergency. This issue increases the risk of an accident.

Recall summary  

The recalled Taycan’s hazard lights are programmed to light up automatically in “non-emergency situations.” It is unknown under what circumstances this happens.

Recall risks

If these Porsche Taycans’ hazard lights are flashing in the absence of an emergency, this “could confuse other road users,” increasing the risk of a crash.

Warning signs

If the hazard lights are activated, the driver may notice the activation of the respective signage in the instrument cluster.

The repair

Porsche dealers will reprogram the headlights for free to remove the automatic hazard lights activation altogether. Recall notification letters with further instructions will be mailed to owners starting December 13, 2021.

Recent Porsche Taycan recalls

Porsche recalled over 12,000 Taycans this summer following a government investigation into the cars’ battery faults, which were causing cars to stall. The recall included the 2020 Porsche Taycan, as well as as the 2021 model-year.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 11,000 cars are included in this Porsche recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche recalls Cayman and Boxster cars over loss of control

Atlanta, GA – October 9, 2021 – Porsche, a subsidiary of Volkswagen  (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) has recalled 4,934 luxury cars with faulty transmission and suspension that can cause drivers to lose control. This increases the risk of a crash and injuries.

The recall includes the following models:

  • 2013 – 2015 Porsche Boxster
  • 2013 – 2014 Porsche Boxster S
  • 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS
  • 2014 – 2015 Porsche Cayman
  • 2014 – 2015 Porsche Cayman S
  • 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS

Recall summary  

The recalled vehicles have a problem with side sections of the rear axle carrier (sometimes called “the differential.”) The differential is how the rear axle – which is responsible for transmitting the power from the vehicle to the wheels – connects to the body of the car. The differential is part of both suspension and transmission as transmission drives the rear axles through the differential which is mounted on rear suspension.

The carriers in question may be weak due to a manufacturing mistake—the metal casing contains more strontium than it is supposed to. Strontium is an element sometimes added to these aluminum car parts to make them stronger. In this case, too much of this additive  has weakened the axle carrier, which could crack or break.

Recall risks

If the rear axle carrier fractures, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and crash. You can read more about axle issues in this article about a recent Ford axle recall.

Warning signs

A rattling noise at the rear of the car could indicate a problem in advance. However, this warning sign “is not ensured” to always happen before a fracture. 

The repair

The problem is not with the whole rear-axle carrier—just the side sections of it. Porsche will replace these side parts for free. Owner notifications with more information about this repair will be sent to owners on November 1.

Other Porsche recalls

There was a Porsche Cayman recall in 2019 because of the risk of a fuel leak in a crash.  The  recall also included Boxster vehicles. A much smalle​​r and a more recent recall included 2021 Porsche Cayman GT4, Cayman GTS 4.0, 718 Spyder, and Boxster GTS 4.0 vehicles because of the risk of engine damage, a stall or a fire.

 Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Nearly 5,000 vehicles are included in this Porsche  recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche recalls over 10,000 Taycans following government investigation

Atlanta, GA – July 8, 2021 – Porsche (OTCMKTS:POAH) has recalled 10,373 luxury electric cars that may stall due to a software issue. The recall comes on the heels of a recent investigation by an auto safety regulator and includes the following models:

  • 2020 – 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo
  • 2020 – 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
  • 2020 – 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S
  • 2021 Porsche Taycan
  • 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo
  • 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
  • 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
  • 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

The affected part is “power electronics.” There is no part number available.

Recall summary  

The axles of a car are responsible for transferring  the power from the car to the wheels, which is what moves the car forward, as reported.

In  the recalled Taycans, software designed to monitor communication between two computers on the front and rear axles may incorrectly sense a problem and trigger a shutdown of the car’s powertrain, causing the car to stall.

Investigation

Porsche discovered the issue while it was reviewing complaints brought forward by an investigation, conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about stalls in Taycan vehicles. The administration’s investigation focused on potential issues with the electric cars’ batteries, which are not mentioned in the recall documents.

It is not clear whether Porsche believes all the stalls in Taycans under investigation were caused by this software issue, instead of the battery issue proposed by NHTSA.

Warning signs

If the software error occurs, a warning message will appear on the car’s display, notifying the driver of a “motor control error” and instructing him or her  to stop the car in a safe place. Once the car is stopped, Porsche says, the vehicle can be restarted by pressing the on-off button. 

Read more about what to do if your car stalls in this article about a recent Chrysler recall.

Risks

According to Porsche’s own evaluation, stalls “can increase [the] risk of a crash in certain traffic situations.” Indeed, stalls put a car at risk of being hit by faster-moving traffic behind it.

The repair

Porsche dealers will update the problem software for free. Owners will be notified about the recall by August 27.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 10,000 electric vehicles are included in this Porsche recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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US government investigates Porsche Taycan battery issues

Washington, D.C. – June 9, 2021 – The arm of the U.S. government that regulates vehicle safety is conducting an investigation to determine if Porsche (OTCMKTS:POAHY) will be required to recall 12,146 2020-2021 Porsche Taycan electric cars for battery issues that can cause the car to stall.

Investigation summary  

The regulator – the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – opened the investigation on May 17, after receiving nine Taycan owners’ complaints that described the cars’ stalling without warning, sometimes while driving on a freeway.

The cause appears to be the shutdown of the vehicle’s electrical system potentially brought upon by the loss of charge of the car’s 12-volt auxiliary battery, which normally powers headlights and climate control. Indeed, all drivers who submitted complaints saw an error message about a “battery fault” on the car’s display.  

Complaints

This issue potentially represents a serious safety hazard. One driver complained that not only the car stalled, but it also locked him or her inside while on a freeway. Six owners stated in their complaints that they were not able to restart their cars.

Risks

Stalling turns your car into a road hazard that other faster-moving cars may hit. Read more about the dangers of stalling, and what to do if your car loses power, in this article about a recent Jeep and Ram recall

Next steps

NHTSA is currently investigating the “scope and severity” of the Porsche Taycan’s issues with its battery. This process – called preliminary evaluation – usually takes about four months. If NHTSA finds a possible safety defect, it will conduct the so-called engineering analysis to see if a recall is warranted.

Recent Porsche Taycan recalls

The 2021 Porsche Taycan was just recalled for a separate issue with its suspension, which may break, causing the vehicle to lose control. Read more about it in NHTSA’s official recall documents.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 12,000 vehicles are implicated in this Porsche investigation. To see if this Porsche battery issue affects your car, bookmark our MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche recalls cars due to potential airbag failure

Atlanta, GA March 15, 2021 – Porsche (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) is recalling 39,547 vehicles due to faulty front seat occupancy sensors, which may fail to detect a front seat passenger. This may result in the airbag failing to activate in the event of a crash,  magnifying the risk of the injury. 

The component in question is a sensor mat with multiple part numbers, including 95B881256L and 95B881256M.

The recall includes the following compact SUVs:

  • 2017 Porsche Macan
  • 2018 Porsche Macan
  • 2017 – 2018 Porsche Macan GTS 
  • 2015 – 2018 Porsche Macan S
  • 2015 – 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo 

Recall summary  

The recall concerns the front seat occupancy sensor mats, which identify when a passenger is sitting in the seat, ultimately determining whether or not the airbag deploys. Because of the degradation of the fabric that composes the mat, the sensor may fail to “see” the passenger. In that case, the airbag will fail to deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

Warning signs

The occupants will be alerted to the faulty sensor by activation of the “airbag warning” or “passenger airbag OFF” lamps.

Other Porsche recalls  

This is at least the second Porsche recall since 2019 concerning software affecting airbag activation. In July 2019, over 7,500 vehicles were recalled for a similar issue.  The recall did not include any of the cars that are part of this recall.  Additionally, in February of last year, the 2017 Porsche Macan and 2017 Porsche Macan S  were among the cars recalled for a possible fuel leak.

Risks 

Airbags’ goal is to cut down on the risk of “upper body injury.” As such, passengers in a crash without an airbag are at a higher risk of injury, especially in a “moderate or severe” crash.

Repair 

The repair is a free replacement on the sensor mat and seat cushion. The recall will begin on May 2, 2021.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Approximately 40,000 vehicles are part of this Porsche recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche issues recall on Cayennes and Panameras

Laguna Hills, CA – Nov. 11, 2019 – Porsche Cars North America recently revealed that it will have to recall tens of thousands of its Panamera hatchbacks and Cayenne light SUVs in the near future, due to an issue with their brake warning indicators.

Specifically, the recall involves 44,128 vehicles – 100% of which are expected to have the issue in question – including those that have been recalled previously, such as:

  • Porsche Panamera hatchback variants from the 2017 and 2018 model years.
  • Porsche Cayenee light SUV variants from the 2019 and 2020 model years.

In both cases, it seems a faulty software update is to blame for the issues that led to the recall.

The Defect

All vehicles in this Porsche recall were originally subject to a recall in February 2019, as well as vehicles that were found to potentially have this problem but which had not been identified during the first recall. All were identified using data regarding production dates, and every vehicle in the recall is expected to carry a software defect.

The defect in the vehicles’ software will make it so that, if the brake pad’s are worn down to dangerous levels and need to be replaced, the red dashboard warning light meant to indicate a potential problem will not illuminate. This could be particular problematic for drivers who look at these displays in the “map” or “night vision” submenus on the dashboard screen.

The only way drivers would be able to tell there was an issue with their brake pads at all would be a yellow warning message in the vehicles’ multi-functional displays, though those could easily be dismissed by the operator until they turn the vehicles on again. In certain traffic conditions, driving on worn-out brake pads could increase the risk of a crash.

Affected Panameras were produced from Sept. 23, 2016 to Dec. 21, 2018. Affected Cayennes were manufactured between April 4, 2018, and Aug. 2, 2019. However, the identification numbers on the vehicles in the recall were non-sequential.

Timeline of Events

The original recall mentioned above was initiated Feb. 20, 2019, and was meant to address this software problem. Porsche attempted at the time to develop and implement a software patch that would create a brake-wear warning light that remained continuously illuminated, given the gravity of such a problem.

However, after installing that software patch on affected vehicles, the company learned that this solution was also faulty – specifically, it would not show up as continuously lit in the display’s map and night vision modes. Posche identified this issue later on, which prompted an additional investigation to determine how many more vehicles may have been affected by the problem. Based on those findings, the auto manufacturer issued a secondary recall on Oct. 9, 2019 to supersede the first action.

The company noted that Panameras manufactured on or after June 19, 2019, and Cayennes produced on or after July 29, 2019, will not have this software problem.

The Solution

Drivers of affected vehicles should take their Posches to a dealership, where the new software will be added to those vehicles’ systems. This includes both owners of vehicles that had not previously been involved in the recall – who will soon receive notification from the manufacturer about this problem – and those who already received a remedy.

Dealers received notification of the recall on Oct. 16, 2019, and owners can expect to receive notifications of their own around Dec. 16.

For additional information about this recall, consumers can contact Porsche Cars North America by phone at 1-800-767-7243, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

For more information on this or other recalls past or present, visit MotorSafety.org.

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Porsche recalls vehicles with defective airbag control modules

Laguna Hills, Calif. — July 31, 2019 — Porsche Cars North America has recalled more than 7,500 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bag control modules, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple Porsche models, including:

  • 2016-2017 Porsche 911 coupes produced between June 30, 2015, and April 16, 2016.
  • 2016-2017 Porsche Boxster coupes produced between July 1, 2015, and March 15, 2016.
  • 2016 Porsche Cayman coupes produced between July 8, 2015, and April 18, 2016.
  • 2016 Porsche Panamera hatchbacks produced between June 23, 2015, and April 7, 2016.

The German automaker suspects just 1% of the recalled vehicles contain the defective components.

The Defect

The recalled vehicles potentially contain air bag control modules with defective capacitors that could cause current deviation, leading to changes in equivalent series resistance levels. ESR fluctuation could catalyze unexpected air bag and seatbelt pretensioner deployment or inhibit airbag functionality. Both outcomes increase the risk of an accident. As a consequence, the defect poses a serious safety hazard to owners and occupants. That said, the automaker has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Porsche’s airbag control module supplier, ZF Group, based in Germany, received a report from Kia Motors in August 2011 describing a situation in which the owner of a vehicle featuring the brand’s products was involved in a collision, during which his air bags failed to deploy, according to NHTSA documents. ZF group investigated the incident and determined electrical overstress to be the cause of the incident. Less than one year later, another Kia owner, this one in Egypt, had a similar experience, which ZF Group again linked to EOS.

The parts vendor received four additional reports throughout 2015 — three involving Kia vehicles and one involving a Hyundai Motor Company vehicle — which detailed instances of air bag malfunction. ZF Group links all incidents to EOS and in January 2016 contacts the NHTSA for assistance. The company collaborated with various automakers, parts providers and the NHTSA that year to study the problem in-depth. The work continued into 2017, during which time ZF Group issued multiple customer communications and received new reports of air bag deployment failure.

Hyundai issued a voluntary safety recall for select vehicles outfitted with ZF Group airbag control modules in February 2018. Kia followed suit in June 2018, at which point the NHTSA advised ZF Group to launch an independent recall for its air bag control modules. The company filed the official Part 573 paperwork June 13, 2018. Porsche received a copy of this recall June 24, 2019 and on July 10, 2019, elected to initiate its own recall campaign.

The Solution

The German automaker intends to direct dealers to assess the air bag control modules in affected vehicles and replace them if necessary, free of charge. Porsche will notify dealers Sept. 15, 2019 and contact owners via first-class mail within 60 days of that date, per NHTSA documentation. Owners in need of more immediate assistance can contact Porsche customer service personnel by calling (800) 767-7243. Callers should use the recall identification code AKB4. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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