Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells

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Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells

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Hi,

We just came across this article. Seems to be a problem with the LG battery supplied with the Konas. Couldn't find anything specific to the Australian market. The article says Kona EVs built between Sept 2017 - March 2020!

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/ ... Thursday.

Anyone heard anything?
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Further from another news article ...
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on the 8th of October that it was confirmed that a fire could occur due to poor battery cell manufacturing of high voltage batteries in Kona Electric vehicles after vehicle charging is completed.

As a result of the investigation by the Korea Automobile Safety Research Institute, it was found that there is a possibility of an internal short circuit due to damage to the separator between the positive (+) and negative (-) plates due to defective manufacturing process. Accordingly, Hyundai Motor Company will begin fixing or replacing the battery after applying first a software update starting from October 16th.


https://thekoreancarblog.com/2020/10/08 ... urned-out/
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Further, from my dealer here in the West (because yes I am still waiting for my NEW Kona to arrive from over east ... only 23 sleeps to go hopefully). Maybe the car is in hotel quarantine before being allowed across the 'hard' border :lol:
I’ve asked someone from Hyundai Australia and they have said that the recall does not involve/affect Australian cars.
Not that I don't trust the dealer, but it would be great to have this confirmed. ;)
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What colour was yours?
I have been waiting 7 weeks for mine to come from 270km away. Mine is lake silver, but perhaps it is more a smokey grey.
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What colour was yours?
I have been waiting 7 weeks for mine to come from 270km away. Mine is lake silver, but perhaps it is more a smokey grey.
Mine is white highlander with the stone grey interior. If I had chosen black interior I could have driven away with it! Ordered back in early September. First the ceramic blue with white roof - custom order, only to be told 2 weeks later that they had stopped manufacturing this colour. Opted for the all white then. Only been waiting 4 weeks, so shouldn't complain based on your wait time. They've told me first week of November.

Not sure why it is taking so long to move the stock within Australia though? Odd.
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brunohill wrote: Fri, 09 Oct 2020, 10:15 What colour was yours?
I have been waiting 7 weeks for mine to come from 270km away. Mine is lake silver, but perhaps it is more a smokey grey.
I think the Lake Silver is a great colour, though I am a little biased.
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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/20 ... 97406.html

Maybe it is the Australian ones as well now. Are they made in Korea or Czechoslovakia or both?
Now 77,000 vehicles world wide.
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My car has gone in for a service this morning (13/10) and I've been told I will be getting a number of software updates as part of a service campaign (is that the marketing term for a recall?) I just entered my VIN into https://www.hyundai.com/au/en/owning/safety-recalls and it shows that my car now has a recall for "S/W Upgrade (BMS, MCU, VCULDC, IGPM)". That wasn't there yesterday, so well timed.

[Update: My mistake -- this is an old campaign (00D005), sorry. It's just that my car hasn't been in for a service in months. I don't think this is related to the current battery issue in Korea.]
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Given ours are Korean made - am guessing that the Aust Konas made in that time (as in almost all of them currently here!) are going to get some sort of recall.

Not personally fussed - seems very cautionary on behalf of Hyundai.

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I picked my Kona up from the Canberra Dealer on 15 October and he assured me that the 2020 Kona imported into Australia is not affected. I'm not convinced but there you go...
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I wouldn't be telling anyone that their car isn't affected. I think the standard answer should be, "Enter your VIN into the Hyundai recall website and check to convince yourself that your car is not affected".
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Hyundai have stopped sales of all Kona electrics in the USA along with recalling all Kona electrics sold in the US and Canada (~11,000).

See https://www.greencarreports.com/news/11 ... a-electric

"Those deficiencies, Hyundai explains, could be related to damage to battery cells and/or faulty battery management system (BMS) control software. Altogether, the flaws could increase the risk of a short-circuit after fully charging the battery, Hyundai says."

Some of the Kona electrics that caught fire to date "were parked - each with a full state of charge".

Owners are advised “to park their vehicles outdoors and/or away from structures until their vehicle is remedied.”
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I sent the following FB message to Hyundai together with the quoted report. If they fail to respond within 72 hours I will also contact RACV and local motoring press.

What is Hyundai Australia’s position on Kona battery fires? We own a 2020 Kona Highlander Electric and are very concerned the car is garaged under our house.

See https://www.greencarreports.com/news/11 ... a-electric
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barwonev wrote: Sun, 18 Oct 2020, 09:46 I sent the following FB message to Hyundai together with the quoted report. If they fail to respond within 72 hours I will also contact RACV and local motoring press.

What is Hyundai Australia’s position on Kona battery fires? We own a 2020 Kona Highlander Electric and are very concerned the car is garaged under our house.

See https://www.greencarreports.com/news/11 ... a-electric
If you car is built after March 2020 it isn't subject to the recall. For the rest wait until Hyundai SK briefs HMCA on the fault and associated remedies.
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Unfortunately, our build date is January 2020.
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