Porsche and Audi Recall Almost 6,700 EVs for Insufficient Battery Sealant
Large automakers save money by sharing platforms and engineering designs across individual brands, but the practice means that problems affecting one model tend to impact related vehicles. Porsche and Audi recently issued a recall that illustrates that point, as the vehicles share most of their underlying engineering and could have batteries with insufficient sealant.
Almost 6,700 cars are included in the recall, all from the 2023 model year. Impacted variants include the Taycan, Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo S, Audi e-tron GT, and RS e-tron GT. The problem is related to a new sealant material Porsche added to its manufacturing process in late 2022. Though intended to reinforce the battery packs, the automaker started receiving reports of failures in March, and by April, the first U.S. reports started trickling in.
As with all recalls, owners can take their vehicle to a Porsche or Audi dealer for an inspection, and, if needed, the battery pack will be replaced free of charge. While we don’t have an exact number on the cost of a battery replacement, nothing with a Porsche or Audi badge is cheap to repair, and some on the internet have claimed replacements cost upwards of $45,000.
The affected cars were all manufactured in a relatively short period of time between late 2022 and May 2023, when Porsche changed its sealant technique to prevent further issues. So far, there have been no fires or incidents related to the problem.
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