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In Korea, Hyundai announced the recall to fix battery cell problem.

The recall is for Kona between Sep. 2017 and Mar. 2020.

I'm not sure that this recall can fix battery ingnition..

Here the link of the news. In Korean.

 

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Some in the USA might get a recall too. New battery replacement. stay tuned

 

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Apaprently the exact nature of the issue has not been agreed between LG Chem and Hyundai yet.

Latest from Hyundai Australia is that they are waiting to see if their stock / sales are impacted or not...
Hyundai Australia awaiting guidance on Kona Electric fire recall - EV Central

More information regarding the recall is available here...
 

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I started charging mine outside after seeing this. Nothing happening in Australia yet.
 

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Even if the root cause was known it would take importers many weeks to work out a plan.

I'm already charging outside but now I need to park further away from the LPG cylinders. A good step is to keep an eye on cell voltage variation, most easily done with SoulEVspy.
 

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I started charging mine outside after seeing this. Nothing happening in Australia yet.
Worry is that, at least in Canadian Kona explosion, the car wasn’t even plugged in when it blew up.

Will watch with interest, but definitely not charging to 100% or using DC fast charging for time being.
 

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Reuters reports: Hyundai said in a statement on Monday it “is in the final stages of filing a voluntary recall notice with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for U.S. Kona EVs and will start the process of informing owners of these vehicles.” . The Reuters article further mentions that the recall is expected to be in the form of a software update, battery inspection, and, if deemed necessary, battery replacement.
 

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If anybody sees the recall notice on the ntsha.gov site, post the link. I will monitor it as well. This is disquieting, to say the least. I have a garage under the house, if the car catches on fire
we have major trouble, the whole house is at risk of burning down. Is there any risk mitigation you guys are aware of? E.g.: some people mentioned that not charging to 100% is safer. Is this a superstition / speculation?
Then there was the recent battery management software update Hyundai already pushed out, aimed better balancing the individual cells. It is unclear if the recent press is talking about this software update, or there will be yet another software update?
 

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Is there any risk mitigation you guys are aware of? E.g.: some people mentioned that not charging to 100% is safer. Is this a superstition / speculation?
Then there was the recent battery management software update Hyundai already pushed out, aimed better balancing the individual cells. It is unclear if the recent press is talking about this software update, or there will be yet another software update?
Limiting charge to 80% where possible is certainly a sensible plan for the meantime. From forum chit-chat the BMS update seemed more about checking the cell voltage balance and isolation resistance more frequently rather than any change to the existing balancing protocol. In theory the car would alert you to an issue, or perhaps to 'command central' for those who have the app.
If it's of any help, one early report from Hyundai in Korean indicated that no examples in SK with the BMS update had yet to exhibit the issue. That could a matter of timing of the update v.s. probability but the risk so-far seems lower in any case.
 

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Found the recall for my '18 on MyHyundai.com. not sure what good it does, no one has a solution yet. My car already had the TSB done. I don't charge it because I haven't driven anywhere in months. It holds a charge nicely, I have learned!
 

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The battery recall has not been issued yet. Per news articles, Hyundai is working with the NTSHA getting ready to do it.
 

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That is not how i read it in this and many other articles. I will recheck my vin again in the next few weeks.

 

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So while cause is still unknown, mitigation suggested:
1. avoid leaving car parked when fully charged;
2. park outside, away from structures.
 
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