Hyundai has issued a U.S. recall affecting greater than 11,000 Kona Electric automobiles from the 2019 and 2020 mannequin years, as a result of a difficulty that would trigger the battery to short-circuit and doubtlessly begin a fireplace. 

With the issuance of the recall discover, submitted on October 13 and posted by the federal authorities Saturday, Hyundai Motor America confirmed to Inexperienced Automotive Experiences that it has additionally requested dealerships to cease the sale of the Kona Electrical within the U.S. and Canada—an estimated 1,000 automobiles within the U.S. and 10 in Canada—till the recall treatment is accomplished. That features any Hyundai licensed pre-owned Kona Electrics.

Together with automobiles already delivered, the recall impacts the complete inhabitants of U.S. Kona Electrical fashions—6,707 automobiles—made between August 28, 2018 and March 2, 2020. Individually, in Canada, there are 4,375 Kona Electrics additionally to be coated by the recall.

“Hyundai is continuous to actively examine this situation for identification of an actual root trigger,” said the automaker. It famous that the high-voltage system in affected automobiles “would possibly include sure electrical deficiencies.”

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Hyundai Kona Electrical

These deficiencies, Hyundai explains, might be associated to break to battery cells and/or defective battery administration system (BMS) management software program. Altogether, the issues might enhance the chance of a short-circuit after totally charging the battery, Hyundai says.

Underneath the recall, house owners might want to carry their Kona Electrical to the dealership for an inspection of the lithium-ion battery pack—with free substitute if vital—plus an replace of the BMS.

Though there have been no reported fires within the U.S., a lot of fires in different markets have prompted an investigation that began in 2019. Then, after three separate Kona Electrical fashions that had been parked—every with a full state of cost—caught fireplace in Korea. An incident in Europe, where Hyundai has been making the Kona Electric more widely available, and two in Canada met the identical description in 2019, whereas by way of October 2020 the automaker notes one other seven studies globally.

A report from the Korea Times earlier this month reported {that a} South Korean investigation made seemingly conflicting statements in regards to the location of the alleged flaw—each referring to it as a producing flaw within the cells, but additionally noting “electrical issues within the battery pack meeting.”

There are about 77,000 Kona Electrical automobiles worldwide, in keeping with that report. 

The battery pack within the Kona Electrical is assembled by HL Inexperienced Energy, which is a three way partnership of LG Chem, which provides the cells, and Hyundai Mobis. Hyundai and Kia have the identical guardian firm, nonetheless the Kia Niro EV has fully totally different batteries on board—sourced by a unique South Korea–based mostly provider, SK Innovation.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

2019 Hyundai Kona Electrical

The Kona Electrical is a low-volume mannequin, however it precedes a stronger push towards electrical automobiles that begins subsequent yr, with the arrival of dedicated EV models under a new Ioniq sub-brand.

Kona Electrical house owners within the U.S. will likely be formally notified of the recall in December. Within the meantime, Kona Electrical drivers can enter their car identification quantity (VIN) at HyundaiUSA.com/Recalls or Recalls.HyundaiCanada.com to see if it’s affected. 

They’re additionally suggested “to park their automobiles outdoor and/or away from constructions till their car is remedied.” Hyundai says rental automobiles will likely be supplied if wanted.