Fountain Valley, CA – December 26, 2021 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS: HYMTF) has recalled 2,679 vehicles due to unexpected acceleration after the release of the gas pedal, which increases the risk of a crash. The recall includes the following electric vehicles:
- 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
- 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
- 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The subject vehicles may erroneously enter the fail-safe mode – also known as the “limp-home” – because of a communication error between the vehicle’s components caused by “the deterioration of the electrical ground.” The ground is meant to protect drivers from electric shock.
The mode is designed to protect the engine from further damage if something is seriously wrong with one of the car’s systems by reducing its speed and acceleration. However, in this case, it can trigger “unintended acceleration” even after the gas pedal is released.
The component in question is the “Power Electric Module” with multiple part numbers, including G7GPE-U300050 and G7GPE-U300053.
Although the braking and steering systems remain fully functional when the vehicle is in the fail-safe mode, the sudden acceleration still augments the risk of a crash.
When entering the fail-safe mode, the vehicle’s “READY” lamp flashes, which acts as an alert for the driver.
Other recent Hyundai recalls
In March 2021, some 4,600 Hyundai vehicles – including the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq EVs – were recalled on the back of multiple fires caused by faulty Li-ion batteries. In 2021, there have been multiple recalls of both Kia and Hyundai vehicles because of fire risk, as reported.
Separately, there was a small 2017 Hyundai Ioniq recall in 2017 because of the risk of stall.
To resolve these Hyundai Ioniq issues, dealers will update the relevant software and add additional ground wiring to prevent miscommunication between the involved components. All of this will be done free of charge. Owners can expect notification letters around February 4, 2022, which will contain further information on the steps to take.
Is your car part of the recall?
This Hyundai electrical issues’ recall includes over 2,600 cars. To see if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.