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Hyundai Kona EV recalled in Korea following battery fires – Roadshow

It isn’t clear if US-spec fashions could undergo from an identical challenge.


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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.

Not solely will the recall process embody software program updates, however in response to the recall, a few of the Kona EVs could obtain whole battery replacements following an inspection. Hyundai has remained quiet on the attainable battery challenge after a reported Kona EV hearth in South Korea this previous Might and one other attainable battery hearth in Canada that led to an explosion. Hyundai beforehand informed Roadshow it launched a battery administration software program replace following the incidents and did not touch upon the fireplace investigations this previous June. The automaker didn’t instantly return a request for remark following information of the recall in Korea.

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 outcome, 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 instantly return Roadshow’s request for remark.

We’ll present updates if and when Hyundai provides us any extra data on what the recall means for Kona EV drivers within the US.

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