Hyundai to Recall Electric Vehicles to Replace Batteries
The worldwide recall comes after multiple reports of vehicle fires
Hyundai is planning to announce a second recall to address the risk of Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric vehicles catching fire. The new recall will likely involve replacing the batteries, and it comes after multiple reports of the EVs catching fire while parked.
Earlier today, Hyundai recalled 26,699 EVs in South Korea with batteries supplied by the battery manufacturer LG Chem. In a statement to Consumer Reports, a spokesperson for Hyundai Motor North America said that the automaker “will be taking a similar action in the U.S. and Canada,” and that the company is finalizing the details of how the recall will proceed in the U.S.
Hyundai issued a recall last October in the U.S. for 6,707 Kona Electric vehicles from the 2019 and 2020 model years to update battery management software following 12 reports of fires. But according to a report issued today from South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT), it's still possible for vehicles to catch fire after the software update, so a full battery replacement is necessary.