Recalling of electric vehicles due to battery fires

Many countries worldwide are pushing to shift to electric vehicles for free-emissions. However, EVs are facing some challenges like overheating batteries. In South Korea, a class-action claim filed a case against Hyundai over battery fires. Such incidences are happening, and the EV manufacturers recall these vehicles. The following are some EVs recalls:

Hyundai Motor

In over two years, 16 Kona electric vehicles have caught fire in Europe, Canada, and Korea. This has made Hyundai Motor Co. expand a recall of up to 74,000 electric vehicles in Canada, Europe, the United States, and South Korea to recheąck its battery system. 

A report from the lawmaker office, Kyung-Tae Jang, says that over 23000 Kona EVs have finished the software upgrade in South Korea, although 800 have battery defects and need replacement. In October, a filing to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Hyundai put all the blame on the lithium-ion batteries, saying some internal cells are damaged, which increases the danger of a short circuit. However, LG Chem Ltd, the battery maker, refused to accept the claims saying that the cells do not have any defects, citing out a joint investigation will be carried out. 

General Motors

Last week, General Motors said that it would recall at least 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs across the world, which are at risk of causing fire after five of its EVs caught fire and some injuries. All these vehicles are expected to update the battery software and limit charge capacity to 90%. NHTSA is conducting an investigation following three Bolt EVs that caught fire under the rear seat. 77,842 Bolt EVs are the ones been investigated from the 2017-2020 models. The battery supplier is LG Chem Ltd. 

Ford Motor

There was a recall of over 20,500 Kuga plug-in hybrid EVs in September by Ford Motor Co. in Europe.  The company also suspended the sale of these vehicles due to battery fire claims. Seven vehicles have caught fire, but no injuries were reported. Ford Motor also postponed the release of the plug-in electric Escape SUV to next year since they have the same batteries from Samsung SDI.  


BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG) plans to recall over 4509 plug-in hybrids EVs in the United States. It says that there is a likelihood that some debris may have entered the battery cells during the production of the batteries. The battery supplier is Samsung SDI. In Europe, BMW has so far recalled over 26,000 plug-in hybrids over battery problems. Samsung SDI spokesman said that investigations are carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

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