The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday that some Ioniq 5 electric SUV owners in the United States have complained of fully or partially losing propulsion power, often after hearing a loud cracking noise.
Hyundai announced that starting next month, it will give a software update and, if required, swap out any damaged parts. In a notification published online, the NHTSA stated that it had received 30 complaints regarding the issue with 2022 vehicles, of which it estimated that 39,500 had been reported on American roadways.
A preliminary inquiry has been launched by the NHTSA’s Office of Defects after Hyundai reportedly stated in an early evaluation that a power surge was harming transistors and preventing the 12-volt battery in vehicles from charging.
A representative for Hyundai, Ira Gabriel, stated that the business was completely cooperating with the inquiry and that a service campaign to update the software in the affected vehicles and, if required, replace the problematic component, would begin in July.
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The rapid global deployment of electric cars by manufacturers to combat climate change has been accompanied by technical issues, such as battery recalls due to the possibility of fires.
Due to the possibility of the high-voltage battery catching fire, Jaguar recalled more than 6,000 I-Pace electric SUVs in the United States last month.
Since February 2020, recalls have also been made by General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Stellantis, and Volkswagen, the majority of which are related to internal battery problems that might raise the danger of fires.
The high-voltage lithium-ion batteries pose a safety concern to first responders in the event of collisions, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which also looked into a number of fires in Tesla vehicles.
Many governments are relying on electric vehicles (EVs) to replace gasoline-powered cars that release greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.