SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA) – A potential fire risk has prompted Hyundai Motor Co to recall 26,699 electric vehicles including Kona EVs in South Korea, the countries transport ministry said on Wednesday.
The recall is to replace the vehicles’ battery systems and applies to 25,083 Kona EVs, starting March 29, the ministry said in a statement.
This is the second time Hyundai is recalling the Kona, its best-selling electric vehicle and follows a decision by South Korean authorities this year to launch a probe into whether the previous recall was adequate. The first recall occurred in October after a series of fires but in January one of the recalled vehicles caught fire.
The Kona EV uses batteries manufactured by LG Chem Ltd’s wholly owned battery division LG Energy Solution.