The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is investigating 2020 and 2021 Porsche Taycan models for 12-volt battery issues that could potentially lead to a loss of motive power. According to a post on Teslarati.com, there have been nine complaints so far from owners who have driven either 2020 or 2021 Porsche Taycans.
Loss of Motive Power
Documents filed with the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) show that consumers say the 12v battery is losing power and causing the entire vehicle to stall. This has reportedly lead to a loss of motive power when the vehicle is in motion. However, so far, there have been no reported crashes, injuries or fatalities as a result of this issue. Teslarati reports that there have also been a few reports of the same issue from TREAD (Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation) field reports.
The loss of motive power occurs at any speed without warning to the driver. The NHTSA document states that the loss of charge in the 12-volt battery may deactivate the entire electrical system and prevent the vehicle from operation. An error message only occurred during or after the vehicle’s ultimate loss of power. Six owners said they could not restart the vehicle after the motive power was lost.
NHTSA has indicated that the Porsche Taycan investigation is in the preliminary evaluation stages. The intent at this time, officials say, is to determine the scope and severity of the issue and fully assess the potential safety issues related to the loss of motive power in these vehicles. NHTSA estimates that 12,146 Taycans are still active on the road in its jurisdiction. The resolution to this issue could be something as simple as a software update or as big as a full-blown recall.
Auto Product Liability Issues
When a vehicle stops without warning when the driver is operating it, the vehicle could crash. The occupants of a vehicle that is stalled also risk serious injury or death if they are struck by other vehicles that are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. If your vehicle becomes stalled on the roadway for whatever reason, it is important that you get off the roadway soon, turn on your headlights so other vehicles can see you and call for help right away.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective vehicle or a faulty auto part, please remember that you have legal rights. Injured victims of defective autos can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses by filing an auto product liability claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle and/or the part. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. A knowledgeable auto defect attorney will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.