2018-2020 Hyundai Kona Electric recalled over battery fault

Hyundai says its all-electric SUV should be parked outside away from flammable materials, citing a fire risk from the battery and battery management system.

Hyundai Australia has issued a recall on 796 examples of its Kona Electric SUV, citing a potential fault with the lithium-ion battery and battery management system (BMS).

The affected vehicles are Model Years 2018-2020, and were sold between 1 December, 2018 and 29 February, 2020

The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says “the lithium-ion battery may have internal damage or the battery management system (BMS) control software may cause an electrical short circuit after charging.”

“If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in a vehicle fire which can increase the risk of serious injury or death to vehicle occupants, bystanders and/or damage to property,” the notice continues.

“Affected vehicles need to be parked in an open space and away from flammable materials and structures, that is, not in a garage.”

“Consumers should only charge their vehicles up to 90% of its battery capacity.”

CarAdvice has contact Hyundai to find out if there have been any recorded malfunctions in Australia. This story will be updated with its response.

Hyundai Australia is currently in the process of contacting affected owners, however a full list of vehicle identification numbers for the 796 cars involved in the recall can be found here.

To have your vehicle checked, find your closest Hyundai dealership by clicking here.

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