Fireplace concern prompts stop-sale, US recall for 2019-2020 Hyundai Kona Electrical

Fire concern prompts stop-sale, US recall for 2019-2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai has issued a recall affecting greater than 11,000 Kona Electrical autos within the U.S. and Canada from the 2019 and 2020 mannequin years, attributable to a problem that might trigger the battery to short-circuit and doubtlessly begin a fireplace. 

With the issuance of the recall discover, submitted on October 13 and posted by the federal authorities Saturday, Hyundai Motor America confirmed to Inexperienced Automobile Reviews that it has additionally requested dealerships to cease the sale of the 2019 and 2020 Kona Electrical within the U.S. and Canada—an estimated 1,000 autos within the U.S. and 10 in Canada—till the recall treatment is accomplished.

That features any Hyundai licensed pre-owned Kona Electrics, nevertheless it doesn’t embrace the brand new 2021 Kona Electrical fashions that may quickly begin arriving at dealerships and be obtainable on the market.

Together with autos already delivered, the recall impacts your entire inhabitants of U.S. Kona Electrical fashions—6,707 autos—made between August 28, 2018 and March 2, 2020. Individually, in Canada, there are 4,375 Kona Electrics additionally to be coated by the recall.

“Hyundai is continuous to actively examine this situation for identification of a precise root trigger,” said the automaker. It famous that the high-voltage system in affected autos “may include sure electrical deficiencies.”

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Hyundai Kona Electrical

These deficiencies, Hyundai explains, could possibly be associated to break to battery cells and/or defective battery administration system (BMS) management software program. Altogether, the failings might improve the chance of a short-circuit after absolutely charging the battery, Hyundai says.

Underneath the recall, homeowners might want to convey their Kona Electrical to the dealership for an inspection of the lithium-ion battery pack—with free alternative if mandatory—plus an replace of the BMS.

Though there have been no reported fires within the U.S., a lot of fires in different markets have prompted an investigation that began in 2019. Then, after three separate Kona Electrical fashions that had been parked—every with a full state of cost—caught fireplace in Korea. An incident in Europe, the place Hyundai has been making the Kona Electrical extra broadly obtainable, and two in Canada met the identical description in 2019, whereas by October 2020 the automaker notes one other seven stories globally.

A report from the Korea Occasions earlier this month famous {that a} South Korean investigation made seemingly conflicting statements concerning the location of the alleged flaw—each referring to it as a producing flaw within the cells, but in addition suggesting “electrical issues within the battery pack meeting.”

There are about 77,000 Kona Electrical autos worldwide, in response to that report. 

The battery pack within the Kona Electrical is assembled by HL Inexperienced Energy, which is a three way partnership of LG Chem, which provides the cells, and Hyundai Mobis. Hyundai and Kia have the identical guardian firm, nonetheless the Kia Niro EV has fully totally different batteries on board—sourced by a distinct South Korea–primarily based provider, SK Innovation.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

2019 Hyundai Kona Electrical

The Kona Electrical is a low-volume mannequin, nevertheless it precedes a stronger push towards electrical autos that begins subsequent yr, with the arrival of devoted EV fashions underneath a brand new Ioniq sub-brand.

Kona Electrical homeowners within the U.S. will probably be formally notified of the recall in December. Within the meantime, Kona Electrical drivers can enter their car identification quantity (VIN) at or to see if it’s affected. 

They’re additionally suggested “to park their autos outside and/or away from constructions till their car is remedied.” Hyundai says rental autos will probably be supplied if wanted.

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