Hyundai recalls Kona EV due to fire risk

Hyundai recalls Kona EV due to fire risk

October 8, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The South Korean automaker is initiating the recall of 25,564 Hyundai Kona Electric units built between September 2017 and March 2020 due to a possible manufacturing error in the batteries. This was announced today by the Ministry of Transport of South Korea.

The recall, which starts Oct.16, is based on 13 Kona Electric-related incidents that led to the fire. This could be due to a manufacturing error in the batteries that caused the short circuit, Hyundai says. Hyundai will update the software free of charge and replace the battery if necessary.

“This recall is a proactive response to a suspicion of manufacturing defective high-voltage batteries used in vehicles that may have contributed to reported fires,” the automaker said, adding that it will take all necessary steps to determine the cause of the problem and meet customer needs.

Battery maker LG Chem, which supplies batteries for Kona Electric, claims the exact cause of the fire is not yet known. However, the battery manufacturer has pledged to continue investigating the possible cause of the fire with the active involvement of Hyundai.