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Hyundai Recalls Kona and Ioniq EV's over Battery Fire Risk

By Staff Writer February 26, 2021
The most expensive EV recall in history involving the Kona SUV will began in South Korea in the spring The most expensive EV recall in history involving the Kona SUV will began in South Korea in the spring

On the heels of Hyundai’s October 2020 recall to upgrade battery management software, the company has announced a new battery recall after more than a dozen reported fires related to the Kona and Ioniq's EV battery packs. 

The Korean car company is recalling approximately 82,000 electric vehicles globally to replace the faulty battery pack. The recall includes 75,680 Hyundai Kona EVs and 5,715 Hyundai Ioniq EV models built between 2017 and 2020. 

This is the most expensive EV recall to date with an expected price tag of $900 million. Hyundai is reportedly in talks to split the cost of the recall with the battery manufacturer LG Chem's parent company LG Energy Solution. GM recently recalled nearly 70,000 Chevy Bolts that also use LG Chem batteries after reports of fires.

The Hyundai recall is starting in South Korea, but will reach the U.S. and Canada later in the year.

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