An issue may prevent a child seat from being properly secured.
Zuffenhausen's first electric car has certainly knocked the ball out of the park. Yes, the Porsche Taycan may be expensive (the range kicks off at a whopping $82,700) but that hasn't dented its popularity. The battery-powered sedan enjoys strong sales not only here in the US, but abroad too. In Norway, for example, the luxury EV outsold every single ICE-powered car combined.
But a stellar reputation isn't enough to keep recalls at bay. Several have taken place thus far, the most serious potentially affecting over 12,000 2020-2021 models. Owners complained of a sudden loss of power while driving; the issue was likely down to a software glitch. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Porsche has recalled the luxury EV yet again, this time for an issue with its seat belts.
The recall pertains to 2020-2021 Taycans fitted with the optional rear center seat. The NHTSA notes the center seat belt buckle wiring harness could block access right rear seat lower child seat anchors. This may prevent a child seat from being properly secured. 5,305 examples are affected by the recall and, currently, fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards surrounding child restraint systems.
According to the safety recall report, the German automaker discovered the issue with the wiring harness and implemented measures to prevent it from happening again. Furthermore, the manufacturer also launched an investigation into the matter, in order to determine the potential effects of the issue. While no injuries or customer complaints have been noted, the possibility for a young child to be injured is not something Porsche wants to explore.
As part of the recall, Taycan owners will be notified, with letters expected to be mailed on April 22. Porsche dealers will relocate and fasten the center rear seat belt buckle wiring harness and, if necessary, replace the damaged buckle at no cost to the owner. This is rather worrying for parents who regularly transport kids in the back of the Taycan but isn't as shocking as Kia's recent fiasco.
2,956 Carnivals were recalled after it was discovered that the passenger-side power sliding door's remote controller assembly could potentially malfunction. This may prevent the door from latching properly, which is a scary thought when you consider the average minivan driver. While Porsche will certainly tend to this problem in typical Germanic efficiency, we're guessing some parents will think twice before buckling their offspring into the rear of the Taycan.