-  Photo of the Hyundai Kona courtesy of Hyundai.

Photo of the Hyundai Kona courtesy of Hyundai. 

Hyundai is recalling certain 2019-2020 Kona Electric and 2020 Ioniq electric vehicles where an electrical short in the vehicles’ lithium-ion battery may increase the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Hyundai will notify owners, and as an interim action, owners have the option to follow provided instructions to perform a battery update through the vehicle's infotainment system or request a Hyundai dealer to provide the update, NHTSA said. This recall affects potentially 4,696 units.

Once parts are available, dealers will replace the Battery System Assembly. Repairs will be performed free of charge.

Owners are advised to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until the interim repair is complete. The recall is expected to begin April 30, 2021. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. The number for this recall is 200, and NHTSA’s campaign number is 21V127000.

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