Roadshow received confirmation from Hyundai that the US would also be subject to this recall. It didn’t reveal how many cars are affected here. It did say that it was in the process of filing a voluntary recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with owner notices set to go out soon after.
Not only will the recall procedure include software updates, but some of the Kona EVs may receive total battery replacements following an inspection. Hyundai has remained quiet on the possible battery issue after a reported fire in South Korea this past May and another possible battery fire in Canada that led to an explosion.
Hyundai previously told Roadshow it released a battery management software update following these incidents and didn’t comment on the fire investigations this past June.
LG Chem supplies batteries for the electric crossover and told Reuters in a statement a reenactment of the event leading up to the Korean fire did not produce the same result, which led it to conclude battery cells were not the cause of the fire. It still plans to investigate the issue with Hyundai, however. LG Chem did not return Roadshow’s request for comment.
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Update, 11:47 a.m. PT: Adds confirmation from Hyundai that US models are affected.
First published 7:43 a.m. PT, Oct. 8.