Hyundai to expand Kona EV recall to North America, Europe, China: Report

The recalls would come after Hyundai Motor announced last week a voluntary recall plan for 25,564 Kona EVs in South Korea starting October 16.
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| Updated on: 12 Oct 2020, 02:45 PM
Hyundai Kona EV.
Hyundai Kona EV.
Hyundai Kona EV.
Hyundai Kona EV.

Hyundai Motor Co is set to triple the number of recalled Kona electric cars over battery cell fire risks with plans to recall around 51,000 vehicles in North America, Europe, China and other markets, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.

The recalls would come after the South Korean automaker announced last week a voluntary recall plan for 25,564 Kona EVs at home starting Oct. 16.

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Hyundai said in a statement on Monday it "is in the final stages of filing a voluntary recall notice with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for US Kona EVs and will start the process of informing owners of these vehicles."

(Also read | Hyundai Kona EV N Line unveiled with sporty looks and style enhancements)

Hyundai will recall 37,366 and 11,137 vehicles in Europe and North America, respectively, according to Yonhap.

The Hyundai statement did not mention the other markets, the total number of additional electric vehicles (EVs) it intends to recall or the dates of the recalls.

South Korea's transport ministry said last week Hyundai will voluntarily recall its Kona EVs as a possible short circuit due to what may be faulty manufacturing of its high-voltage battery cells could pose a fire risk.

LG Chem Ltd, which supplies batteries for Kona EVs, said last week faulty battery cells were not the cause of fires in Kona EVs, and the exact cause had not been determined.

It said a re-enactment experiment conducted jointly with Hyundai had not led to a fire, so the fires could not be attributed to faulty battery cells. LG Chem declined on Monday to comment beyond what it said last week.

(Also read | Hyundai Kona electric sets range record of over 1000 kms on single charge)

Recalled Kona EVs in South Korea will undergo software updates for all affected models and battery replacements of select models after inspections.

KB Investment& Securities said in a report on Monday it could cost Hyundai as much as 600 billion won ($522.10 million) if they offer battery replacements for the nearly 77,000 affected vehicles identified worldwide so far.

Shares of Hyundai Motor and LG Chem fell 0.8% and 2.0%, respectively, on Monday while the broader KOSPI market was up 0.3% as of 0430 GMT.

First Published Date: 12 Oct 2020, 11:00 AM IST
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