Hyundai Kona Recall Issued for Potential Fire Hazard
Over 25,000 Hyundai Kona electric vehicles are being recalled in South Korea for potential fire danger. 13 of the vehicles have reportedly ignited for no cause from several different countries, including Canada and Austria.
In light of the incidences in South Korea, Hyundai Motor America has also called for its own recall of around 6,707 model year 2019-2020 Kona Electric vehicles.
The carmaker is unsure of the possible cause of the fires but is looking into fluid or electrons introducing heat into the vehicles’ systems in a way that was not intended. This is believed to come from lithium-ion batteries which may potentially short-circuit after it is fully charged because of faulty cell manufacturing, thus increasing the risk of a fire.
Consumers are advised to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until the repair is complete.
Hyundai will notify the vehicle owners if their vehicles are affected by the recall. Dealers will be required to update the Battery Management System (BMS) software and inspect the lithium-ion battery, replacing it free of charge if needed.
The recall is expected to begin by December 11, 2020.
Consumers who own a Hyundai Kona vehicle may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 196.
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