25,000+ Hyundai Kona Electric recalled over potential fire risk

The Hyundai Kona Electric is getting a recall in South Korea, the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has revealed. ElectricVehicleWeb.in has accessed the recall notice and understands that the EV has a manufacturing defect that could put it on fire.

The South Korean ministry, led by Kim Hyun-mi, says that the Hyundai Kona Electric could face a short-circuit due to defective cell manufacturing. The separator between the positive and negative plates of the battery cell gets damaged due to the “poor quality in the manufacturing process.”

Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute (KATRI) has investigated and verified the Hyundai Kona Electric issue. It suggested Hyundai to issue a recall, and the company has done so.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport says that if there’s any sign of abnormality in the Battery Management System (BMS) after updating it during the recall, such as excessive cell-to-cell voltage deviation or rapid temperature fluctuation after updating, the battery has to be replaced immediately.

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There is a manufacturing defect in the battery cells of some Hyundai Kona Electric units. Hyundai will inspect the car, and replace the battery and update the vehicle software in affected units.

25,564 units of the Hyundai Kona EV, manufactured between 29 September 2017 to 13 March 2020, are facing the recall. Hyundai is notifying their owners by mail or mobile text message. Customers who have repaired their Hyundai Kona Electric with this fault at their own expense before (one year before the announcement or the day when the defect investigation began, whichever is earlier) the recall announcement can ask the company for compensation.

This Hyundai Kona Electric recall could extend to India only if units produced between the stated period were imported and delivered to customers in India. The Kona is a CKD assembly at the Hyundai India plant with parts arriving from the production base in South Korea. The 100 Hyundai Kona Electric units going to EESL could also be under scrutiny.

For the record, the Hyundai Kona Electric is also available in South Korea in a long-range, high-performance variant that packs a 64 kWh battery pack and a 150 kW/395 Nm motor.