UPDATED. 2020-10-22 19:09 (목)
Hyundai to recall Kona EV due to fires
Hyundai to recall Kona EV due to fires
  • Stan Lee
  • 승인 2020.10.09 09:37
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LG Chem disputes claim of battery problem 
Image: Hyundai Motor
Image: Hyundai Motor

Hyundai Motor will voluntarily recall its Kona electric vehicles (EV) in reaction to recent string of fires involving the car models.

The recall will effect 25,564 units of the model produced between 2017 to 2020.

Hyundai has said damages in the separator of the batteries in the car as the cause of fires.

However, LG Chem, which supplies the batteries, said it was yet unclear if the batter cell defects was the cause of the fires.

Hyundai will commence a software update starting in October 16. The battery management system will be updated and the car giant will inspect the recalled models. 

If voltage differences between cell or rapid temperature changes are detected in the batteries, they will be immediately swapped.

Hyundai and South Korea’s transport ministry said battery cells were the problem. 

LG Chem said its co-test with Hyundai that reproduced the circumstances of the fires on Kona EV showed no fires. 

The battery company said it will actively collaborate with Hyundai to find the cause.


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