According to a new class action lawsuit, Porsche has allegedly advertised and sold defective 2020 and 2021 Taycan vehicles.
The lawsuit, originally filed in California state court and removed to federal court on August 8, claims Posche advertised 2020 and 2021 Taycans as having certain features that did not function well:
- State-of-the-art cockpit display
- Integrated Apple CarPlay and an Infotainment with built-in Apple Music
- Air conditioning (including heating)
- A mobile phone app that controls charging the car, displays charging status, and controls the air conditioning
- A geolocation-based Smart Lift System to the car will remember places to automatically lift the car for greater clearance
- Wireless mobile phone charging.
“Defendants knew that 2020 and 2021 Taycan were not ready for market and that none of these features functioned well, much less well enough to represent to consumers that the cars had these features and to collect payments from consumers as if the features functioned sufficiently well,” argues named plaintiff William Turner. “Nevertheless,” he claims, “Defendants sold and leased thousands of falsely advertised 2002 and 2021 Taycans, collecting millions of dollars from consumers, including Plaintiff.”
Turner’s Alleged Experience
In his complaint, Turner claims to have experienced a number of the alleged defects in his leased 2021 Taycan. He alleges multiple recalls eventually resolved most of the issues in his vehicle, but in winter 2022-2023, the heating in his vehicle stopped working, only blowing cold air. After attempts to negotiate a resolution with Porsche, he returned the car to Porsche in April 2023, “[a]t his wit’s end.”
Turner seeks to represent himself as well as all other persons who bought or leased a 2020 or 2021 Taycan in California, with some exceptions. He raises claims of breach of warranty and violations of California’s Business and Professions Code and Consumer Legal remedies Act. The lawsuit asks the court for remedies including an order requiring Porsche to restore all money it acquired from Turner and the class as a result of the alleged wrongful practices, attorney fees, and damages.
The case is William M. Turner v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., case number 2:23-cv-06465, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.