Hyundai will voluntarily recall its Kona EV in South Korea over a potential fire risk that could be caused by defective batteries. The recall affects roughly 25,564 Kona EVs built between September 2017 and March 2020. The root of the problem may be faulty manufacturing.
- The Kona uses EV batteries made by LG Chem, which also provides batteries to Tesla in China, GM, and Volkswagen, among others. No other carmaker has recalled vehicles over potentially faulty batteries.
- It is unclear if the recall will apply to Kona vehicles in other markets. Roughly 13 drivers, including one in Canada and one in Austria, have reported fire incidents.