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Is your hybrid part of the battery fire recall just announced?

| Feb 24, 2021 | Products Liability

Driving a hybrid vehicle is one way to decrease your environmental impact and the cost of your daily commute. Burning less gas means that you have a smaller carbon footprint.

While driving a hybrid vehicle may be an environmentally conscious decision, it does come with its own set of risks. Much of the technology used for hybrid vehicles is relatively new compared with standard internal combustion vehicles.

Sometimes, vehicle makers don’t realize until after they sold a vehicle that there are issues with its design or that there are faulty components used in its production. A major hybrid vehicle recall just serves to reinforce one of the most common concerns people have about them.

Which electric vehicles are part of this recall?

Hyundai, a car manufacturer based in South Korea, sells thousands of vehicles in the United States every year. People with models produced between November 2017 and March 2020 may want to check to see if their vehicle is part of the recall.

Specifically, the recall involves the Kona EV model and some of the Ioniq EV models. Certain electric buses are also part of the recall. The recalled vehicles have batteries from LG Chem. This is a second recall after Hyundai recalled about 77,000 Kona EV models in October of 2020 due to fire risk caused by the batteries.

This new recall is for largely the same issue. The batteries can start to smoke and can spontaneously catch fire. Not only could this cause a risk for crashes and injury to occupants in the vehicle, but it could result in house fires and garage fires that injure people and destroy property.

Anyone who gets hurt because of a defective car component, as well as those who suffer substantial property losses, could potentially bring a defective product claim against the company that made the vehicle or the defective component.

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