The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in conjunction with Kia and Hyundai announced a recall of all-electric crossovers EV6 and Ioniq 5 sold in the country. According to experts, a malfunction was found in the software of the battery models, which can turn off the parking mode of the transmission while parked, resulting in the electric cars can spontaneously start moving.
Minor power surges in the crossovers’ electrical systems can automatically deactivate the parking mode lockout. In this case, the cars can roll away. The malfunction has already been fixed at the companies’ facilities. For all owners of models in the U.S., service center employees will update the software.
So far about 10,700 Ioniq 5 and more than 9,000 EV6 have been sold on the U.S. market. Despite the fact that similar situations in the U.S. have not yet been recorded, owners of electric crossovers from South Korea have already encountered a similar problem. Before updating the software, experts recommend the owners of models not to park on an inclined surface and always include the parking brake.
In mid-April, Hyundai announced a recall of hydrogen crossovers Nexo. Specialists discovered a serious malfunction in the fuel system, which could cause the cars to catch fire.