This is a bit of a blow.
It may not be as quick as a certain electric rival, but the Porsche Taycan is still a massively competent luxury EV. Like everything to come out of Zuffenhausen, there's a distinct air of quality about the battery-powered brute, particularly within the minimalist cabin. But, sometimes, even the fastidious Germans can let a small issue slip through the cracks.
The latest problem to plague the much-loved Taycan revolves around the touchscreen infotainment system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports the electric sedan suffers from a software error that could cause the center display and rearview camera image to remain black after the vehicle has been switched on. As such, Porsche has announced a recall for 12,490 units.
The government agency notes the software issue also pertains to the Real-Top-View feed, which could display a "flickering image." While this doesn't impede driving ability, the error means affected vehicles fail to meet the rear visibility standards prescribed by the government agency. Thankfully, just 1% of the 12,490-strong vehicle population is thought to have the problem.
If you're worried that your Taycan may be part of the recall, there are several ways to check. Firstly, the recall centers around vehicles built between October 21, 2019 and April 25, 2022, with the NHTSA further adding that drivers will notice the problem as soon as the vehicle is switched on. Owners will also be notified (via mail) by August 5, 2022.
The remedy appears to be simple enough. Taycan drivers are encouraged to take their vehicles to a Porsche retailer, where the dealership will install new software at no cost to the owner. Thankfully, the digital instrument cluster is not affected by the error.
In recent weeks, Ford has also suffered from problematic rearview camera displays. 2015 to 2017 examples of the popular Mustang also suffered from a distorted or blank camera feed. More than 330,000 units were part of the recall.
This isn't the first time Porsche has had to recall its electric wonder in 2022. Earlier this year, the Taycan suffered from a fairly serious problem involving the child restraint system. 5,305 units built between 2020-2021 were fitted with a center seatbelt buckle wiring harness which could possibly restrict access to the lower child seat anchorage points.