Following reports that Hyundai was going to voluntarily recall over 25,000 units of the Kona Electric in South Korea due to fire risks, we are now learning that number has more than doubled and has spread internationally. The fires may be the result a possible short circuit caused by faulty manufacturing of its high-voltage battery cells
Now, according to Yonhap News sources that number has risen to 77,000 units. The vehicles in question were produced between September 2017 and March 2020, as was originally announce with the 25,564 Kona Electrics affected in South Korea. The recalls are the result of Hyundai Kona units catching fire in Canada, Austria, and South Korea.
No explanation has been given by Hyundai or LG Energy Solution, but they did decide to voluntarily recall said units and submitted its plans to NHTSA in an attempt to avoid any new incidents.
No more details were given regarding the recall but we do know that the recall will include software updates as well as battery replacements following inspection.