Friday, 26 February 2021 23:47

Hyundai Kona Electric Battery Recall Follows Fires

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com


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A Hyundai Kona Electric battery recall will be issued for more than 75,600 vehicles worldwide following at least 16 battery fires.

Hyundai says it will need to replace the lithium-ion batteries manufactured by LG Energy Solution.


The Hyundai Kona Electric battery recall, expected to cost $900 million, will also include two other models equipped with LG batteries, including Ioniq electric vehicles and Elec City buses.


This brings the total number of recalled Hyundai electric vehicles to nearly 82,000.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't announced a U.S. recall, but Hyundai said the recalled Kona Electrics were built between November 2017 and March 2020.


The Hyundai Kona Electric battery recall follows a separate Kona Electric recall issued in October after reports of 13 fires allegedly caused by electrical short circuits in the lithium-ion batteries when they were fully charged. Many of those fires occurred while the SUVs were parked.


The October Kona Electric recall included 11,000 model year 2019-2020 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada, but Hyundai said at the time the root cause of the fires was still unknown.


Investigators would only say "electrical deficiencies" in the LG battery systems or the battery management software were the likely culprits. In addition to finding fires that occurred when the Kona SUVs were parked, investigators learned at least some of the batteries were fully charged.


While Hyundai and LG worked to find who and what was to blame, an interim repair was offered in the form of a software update to allegedly detect electrical abnormalities before the Kona could catch fire.


The update limited the maximum battery charging rate to...

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