USA- Consumerreports.org writes that auto manufacturer Hyundai issued a second recall of its Kona and Ioniq Electric Vehicles (EVs) due to some reports of the vehicles catching on fire while parked. The company has received complaints from consumers about its Kona and Ioniq Electric Vehicles’ batteries overheating and catching fire while parked, leading to potential burns, injuries, and fatalities. The year before, Hyundai recalled 77,000 Kona vehicles due to very similar EV battery issues.
Hyundai, the fourth-largest electric vehicle maker in the world, stated that it recalled about 76,000 electric vehicles sold throughout the world to replace defective batteries due to a string of similar EV battery recalls by other auto manufacturers.
EV batteries will overheat in some circumstances and start a dangerous chain reaction called “thermal runaway.” Thermal runaway reactions can lead to property damage, burns, injuries, and fatalities.
This recall will involve Hyundai’s Kona EV model, a few Ioniq EV models, and electric buses that were manufactured between the months of November 2017 and March 2020.
The EV battery cells were made at a factory based in Nanjing, China, that is owned by the Korean chemical giant LG Chem. The battery recall will cost Hyundai approximately $900 million and will be the most expensive EV recall in history.
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