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What’s the Problem?
This recall affects Hyundai Ioniq Electric vehicles from the model year 2020, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“The lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery may short-circuit,” NHTSA said. “An electrical short in the Li-ion battery increases the risk of a fire.”
Hyundai is notifying owners who, as an interim action, have the option to follow the provided instructions to perform a battery update through the vehicle’s infotainment system or request a Hyundai dealer to provide the update.
Once parts are available, dealers will inspect the Battery System Assembly (BSA), and replace it if necessary, free of charge.
Owners are advised to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until the interim action is complete.
This recall began on April 9, 2021.
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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Plug Defect with Hyundai Ioniq
In August 2023, a class action lawsuit was filed alleging that a defective charge port design is causing extremely slow charge times, or complete recharging failures, in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60. The plaintiffs contend that the ports in the affected EVs routinely overheat during Level 2 charging. The issue occurs in as little as 30 minutes after beginning a charging session and does not automatically restart after the port cools down to an “acceptable” temperature, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint further alleges that the affected Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis EVs are marketed as being able to recharge at 48 amps. However, charge failures have been reported at charge rates of as low as 28 amps. In one example, the owner of a 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 found that a full recharge requires up to 20 hours, at a 5% charge rate per hour. This is far from the Ioniq 5’s 6-to-7-hour advertised charge time when using a 240-volt Level 2 charger.
Making matters worse, the Plaintiffs claim that a fix issued by Hyundai in March 2023 was only a “band-aid” for the problem. In response to this litigation, a Hyundai representative issued the following statement:
“Hyundai is aware of isolated reports of charging interruptions with the IONIQ 5 when used in connection with certain level 2 home chargers. A software update is available for IONIQ 5 owners encountering this issue that reduces the likelihood of a stopped charging session by slowing the charging rate in response to charging temperature increases. Hyundai is further investigating the issue to determine the root cause and evaluate other possible solutions.”
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Do I Have a Hyundai Ioniq Lawsuit?
The Products Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Hyundai Ioniq Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or another loved one was harmed by a recalled Hyundai Ioniq Electric Vehicle, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.