FRANKFURT -- Porsche must recall 43,000 of its electric Taycan cars over faulty software that can cause the car to suddenly shut down, the Volkswagen Group brand said on Friday.
The recall affects all Taycan vehicles produced and delivered by June, the company said, adding the cars would receive a software update to fix the issue. The Taycan was launched last year.
A recall of Porsche's first full-electric car underscores the technical challenges of rolling out vehicles packed with increasingly sophisticated software gadgetry on a large scale.
Tesla was ordered to make a fix to software in more than 285,000 of its cars in China to address risks associated with the autopilot feature.
Earlier this year, some Porsche drivers complained about the Taycan, which is powered by an 800-volt system, suddenly stalling. In a filing on May 17, the NHTSA in the U.S. described the problem as "loss of motive power while in motion at any speed."
All complaints detailed that the problem occurred without warning or error messages about a battery fault, according to the filing.
The Taycan, unveiled in 2019, is the Volkswagen Group brand's first full-electric model in the costly shift to EVs. Porsche's healthy margins are critical for VW. Sales of the EV during the first quarter almost matched those of the iconic 911 sports car.
Bloomberg contributed to this report