Hyundai Kona EV recalled in Korea, US as a result of battery fires – Roadshow

It is not clear if US-spec fashions could undergo from an analogous subject.

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Following a handful of reported Hyundai Kona EV battery fires, the automaker issued a recall for a possible fireplace danger 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 the US would even be topic to this recall. It did not reveal what number of automobiles are affected right here. It did say that it was within the technique of submitting a voluntary recall with the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration, with proprietor notices set to exit quickly after.

Not solely will the recall process embody software program updates, however among the Kona EVs could obtain whole battery replacements following an inspection. Hyundai has remained quiet on the doable battery subject after a reported Kona EV fireplace in South Korea this previous Might and one other doable battery fireplace 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 an announcement a reenactment of the occasion main as much as the Korean fireplace 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 research the difficulty with Hyundai, nonetheless. LG Chem didn’t return Roadshow’s request for remark.

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Replace, 11:47 a.m. PT: Provides affirmation from Hyundai that US fashions are affected.
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