Hyundai Motor Company have received several reports of certain 2019-2020 Hyundai Kona electric vehicles catching fire while parked with a fully charged battery. The manufacturer is advising owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until repairs can be made.
According to the defect report, the high voltage battery system in some 2019-2020 Hyundai Kona EVs could contain electrical deficiencies such as internal damage to cells and/or a faulty battery management system control software. This problem could increase the risk of an electrical short after the battery has fully charged and could result in a vehicle fire.
Those receiving notices will be asked to return to their dealerships to have the Battery Management System (BMS) software updated. Dealers will also inspect the Li-ion battery for problems and replace it as necessary. Hyundai's number for the recall is 196 and the NHTSA campaign number is 20V-630.