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Hyundai Recalls Over 10,000 Ioniq Hybrids And Plug In Hybrids Over Fire Risk

Hyundai will start sending recall notification letters to affected owners on August 26, 2022.

Hyundai Motor has issued a recall for 10,575 Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles manufactured in 2017 and 2018. Although the business previously recalled similar models in 2018, the vehicles in this batch were not properly repaired and thus continue to constitute a fire risk. A loose connection exists between the contacts of the vehicles’ main relay, resulting in higher electrical resistance between them. In the event of such high electrical resistance, the components can heat up and potentially catch fire. If such an issue arises, the car’s HEV warning light may illuminate, or the vehicle may be unable to start.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between November 16, 2016, and August 16, 2017. The recalled Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has an assembly period from August 10, 2017, to August 11, 2017. The problem was first spotted by Hyundai back in March, 2018, when the company received a complaint about heat damage to the rear seat of a 2017 Kia Niro in the South Korean market.

When investigated, the company found there is a loose main relay connection and realized that the part came from a previous supplier using lower manufacturing specifications. This is when the October 2018 recall began.

However, in June of 2021, Hyundai received a report about a 2017 Ioniq catching fire even after receiving the original recall repair. In November and December 2021, the company then received two more reports about 2017 Ioniqs catching fire, and these had also received a recall fix. In March 2022, the company learned about two more fires.

Now, to fix this issue, Hyundai dealers will inspect and replace the power relay assembly and main relay. Recall notification letters will be sent to affected owners on August 26, 2022.

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