Hyundai Kona EV recall forthcoming as a result of battery fires – Roadshow

It is not clear if the US recall will likely be for a similar concern.

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Following a handful of reported Hyundai Kona EV battery fires, the automaker issued a recall for a possible hearth threat in its dwelling nation of South Korea. Reuters first reported on the recall on Thursday and stated a complete of 25,564 of the electrical crossovers are included. 

Roadshow obtained affirmation from Hyundai that it’ll additionally conduct a recall for the electrical automobile within the US. The automaker stated it is within the last levels of submitting a voluntary recall for the Kona EV with NHTSA, although it declined to supply additional particulars. We do not know if the recall will cowl the identical points talked about within the Korean recall, nor what number of automobiles will likely be concerned. Proprietor notices for the recall will exit quickly.

In Korea, Hyundai stated the repair will embrace software program updates, however following automobile inspections, some Kona EVs could obtain brand-new battery packs. Hyundai has remained quiet on the doable battery concern after a reported Kona EV hearth in South Korea this previous Could and one other doable battery hearth in Canada that led to an explosion. 

Hyundai beforehand informed Roadshow it launched a battery administration software program replace following these incidents and did not touch upon the fireplace investigations this previous June. 

LG Chem provides batteries for the electrical crossover and informed Reuters in a press release a reenactment of the occasion main as much as the Korean hearth didn’t produce the identical end result, which led it to conclude battery cells weren’t the reason for the fireplace. It nonetheless plans to analyze the difficulty with Hyundai, nonetheless. LG Chem didn’t return Roadshow’s request for remark.

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