Hyundai has issued a recall that has affected more than 11,000 Kona Electric cars in the United States and Canada since the 2019 and 2020 model years due to a problem that could lead to a short circuit and potential ignition.
Hyundai Motor America confirmed the announcement of the recall on October 13 and posted by the federal government on Saturday. Green car report that he also asked dealerships to stop selling Kona Electric cars in 2019 and 2020 in the United States and Canada – an estimated 1,000 cars in the United States and 10 in Canada – until the recall procedure is completed.
This includes any Hyundai-certified Kona Electrics cars, but they do not include the new Kona Electric models of 2021, which will soon be available at dealerships and will be available for sale.
Taking into account the already delivered vehicles, the recall affects the entire population of American models Kona Electric – 6,707 cars manufactured between August 28, 2018 and March 2, 2020. Separately in Canada 4375 Kona Electrics are also covered by the recall.
“Hyundai continues to actively investigate this condition to determine the exact root cause,” said the automaker. He noted that the high-voltage system in the affected vehicles “may contain certain electrical defects.”
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric
These shortcomings, explains Hyundai, may be due to damage to the battery and / or faulty battery management system (BMS) software. In general, the disadvantages may increase the risk of a short circuit after fully charging the battery, says Hyundai.
According to the recall, owners will need to bring their Kona Electric to a dealership to test the lithium-ion battery – with a free replacement if needed – plus a BMS upgrade.
Although there were no reports of fires in the United States, a number of fires in other markets led to an investigation that began in 2019. Then, after three separate Kona Electric models standing in the car – each with a full charge – caught fire in Korea. An incident in Europe where Hyundai makes Kona Electric more affordable and two in Canada met the same description in 2019, while by October 2020 the automaker is celebrating seven more reports worldwide.
Report from Korea Times Earlier this month, it was noted that the South Korean investigation had made seemingly contradictory statements about the location of the alleged defect – referring to it as a manufacturing defect in the cells, but also suggesting “electrical problems in the battery pack.”
According to this report, there are about 77,000 Kona Electric vehicles worldwide.
The battery in Kona Electric is assembled by HL Green Power, which is a joint venture between LG Chem, which supplies the cells, and Hyundai Mobis. Hyundai and Kia have the same parent company, but the Kia Niro EV has completely different batteries on board – the source of which is another supplier, SK Innovation, based in South Korea.
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
Kona Electric is a small model, but it precedes the increased push for electric vehicles, which will start next year, with the advent of special models of electric vehicles under the new Ioniq subbrand.
The owners of Kona Electric in the US will be officially notified of the recall in December. Meanwhile, Kona Electric drivers can enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) on HyundaiUSA.com/Recalls or Recalls.HyundaiCanada.com to check if it is affected.
They are also advised to “stand their vehicles outdoors and / or away from structures until their vehicle is repaired”. Hyundai says that if necessary, car rental will be provided.