As we assumed earlier, the recall of 25 thousand Hyundai Kona electric vehicles in the South Korean market was not limited to – the automaker will recall all potentially dangerous electric vehicles sold, including in the markets of North America and Europe.
According to Yonhap, a total of 37,366 Hyundai Kona will be recalled in Europe and 11,137 in the US and Canada. Taking into account the previously recalled 25,564 electric vehicles in South Korea and other markets, the total number of problematic vehicles will exceed 77 thousand units.
In the near future, an official message is expected from the American organization NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), after which the process of notifying the owners of the model about the need to visit the service center will begin.
The problem affected the copies produced from September 2017 to March 2020 at the South Korean Hyundai plant in Ulsan; similar problems at the European production in Nosovice (Czech Republic) have not yet been reported. To date, there have been 13 cases of fires in Hyundai Kona electric vehicles – one each in Canada and Austria and eleven in South Korea.
In a comment to the Korea Times, Hyundai said the company had already found the source of the problem and even found a solution to fix it, but it was not perfect. According to various sources, the problem did not arise in individual batteries from LG Chem, but in the assembled battery modules. Due to a miscalculation in technological operations at the stage of assembly, the partitions between the individual batteries were damaged, which ultimately could lead to a short circuit between the cells with subsequent fire.
Recall that as of the end of the summer of this year, this electric crossover exceeded the mark of 100 thousand units sold.