Hyundai Motor will replace the battery systems of approximately 82,000 electric vehicles worldwide due to the risk of fire, an issue that, combined with an earlier recall, is likely to cost the automaker $ 900 million, Reuters reported.
Much of the latest recall relates to the popular Kona EV model, which was first recalled in October for a software update following a series of fires.
But in January, one of the recalled vehicles caught fire again, and South Korean authorities undertook an investigation to see if the first recall was adequate.
The new recall applies to approximately 76,000 Kona EVs, as well as selected Ioniq EV and Elec City models.
According to the department of transportation, there have been about 15 incidents of a fire involving the Kona EV: 11 in South Korea, two in Canada, and one each in Finland and Austria.
Hyundai said in a statement that of its estimated $ 1 trillion recall costs. South Korean won, about 38.9 billion won was associated with the first recall.