Porsche USA recalls nearly 12,000 Taycan EVs to fix incorrect activation of hazard lights

Porsche USA recalls nearly 12,000 Taycan EVs to fix incorrect activation of hazard lights

Thousands of the Porsche Taycan EVs sold in the US market for the model years of 2020 and 2021 are reportedly being recalled to fix a technical issue that may not be as serious as it may sound. According to information available through the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the German luxury car brand is recalling a total of 11,827 Taycan EVs to fix incorrect activation of hazard lights. The figure of recalled EVs represents pretty much every Taycan EV sold in the aforementioned two model years.

According to some industry experts, the technical issue mentioned by the German manufacturer as the reason for the recall is not as serious as it seems to be. Incorrect activation of hazard lights means that hazard lights sometimes get activated in non-emergency situations. It is obviously not a very serious issue, but the luxury car brand believes it may confuse other drivers, which could increase the risk of a crash or accident on a busy road.

Essentially, the automatic hazard lights should activate ahead of a possible collision to alert the driver of the vehicle coming from the other side. However, automatic hazard lights in Porsche Taycan EVs may activate when they should not.

According to the manufacturer, Porsche Taycan EVs (including Cross Turismo) manufactured from 21st of October in 2019 through 17th of September in 2021 do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108 (FMVSS 108), that is to say, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Announcing the recall, the sports car maker said, “Porsche carefully analyzed whether this feature (which Porsche believes provides a net safety benefit) was in conflict with FMVSS No. 108. On Oct. 6, Porsche determined that the subject vehicles do not comply with the definition of FMVSS No. 108 in the context of an automatic activation of warning hazard lights.”

While Porsche has not provided details of the technical glitch through the website of the NHTSA, it is most probably due to a calibration issue rather than a manufacturing defect. The given description indicates that the affected EVs’ system works, albeit overzealously as per U.S. safety regulations.

For more information, Porsche Taycan owners may contact Porsche's customer service at 1-800-767-7243 or the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.