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insufficient recall for the electric SUV?

Source: The Korea Herald

The Korean Ministry of Transportation is investigating the fire in a Hyundai Kona EV that was overhauled as part of the recall procedure last October.

This is the first recorded case of an outbreak of fire for an example checked following the initial recall involving Hyundai’s Kona electric SUV. Electric vehicles had been delivered all over the planet between September 2017 and March 2020.

At the time, faulty manufacture of battery cells supplied by LG Chem was suspected, after a dozen claims were made. Hyundai immediately estimated the number of Kona EVs to be verified in South Korea at just over 25,500 units. A volume quickly revised to 77,000 Hyundai electric cars to be recalled worldwide, including 3,000 for France.

While a few lithium-ion packs were swapped out as part of this procedure, the majority of overhauled electric cars have only been subject to a software update. This is the case of the one that suffered a fire outbreak a few days ago, being recharged at a terminal in Daegu, South Korea.

An investigation will be conducted by the Korean Transportation Safety Authority. It is a question both of determining the cause of this new incident, and of evaluating whether the initial recall carried out by Hyundai was sufficient and well targeted.

This new case should consolidate LG Chem in its position. The battery supplier immediately indicated that his cells were not in question.

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