The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified a “strong correlation” between the failure of the Integrated Control Charging Unit (ICCU) in Kia’s EV6 electric compact crossovers and the loss of motive power in the vehicles. As a result, NHTSA has initiated a preliminary evaluation to determine the extent and severity of this potential safety defect, which could impact approximately 20,000 Kia EV6 electric compact crossovers.
Kia has yet to comment on the situation.
The 2022 EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) and is part of the company’s plan to introduce eight EV models by 2029. As of June this year, Kia has sold 8,328 units of the EV6, according to data from Automotive News.
One driver in Long Beach, Calif., reported a specific incident involving a loud noise and a warning light related to the vehicle’s charging system. Subsequently, the vehicle lost all power and became immobilized. Upon inspection by the dealer service department, it was determined that the ICCU board needed to be replaced. However, the part is currently on national backorder, leaving the car immobilized.
Kia’s sister company, Hyundai Motor Co., is also facing a similar issue in the US. NHTSA recently launched an investigation into over 39,500 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EVs after receiving 30 complaints of loss of motive power along with reports of a loud noise and warning displayed on the dashboard.
Hyundai spokesperson Michael Stewart stated that the company is fully cooperating with the investigation and plans to address the issue through a service campaign in July. This campaign will involve software updates and the replacement of ICCUs in affected vehicles. Stewart emphasized the company’s collaborative relationship with NHTSA and its commitment to open dialogue on the matter.
The NHTSA typically begins investigations with preliminary evaluations, during which engineers gather information from the manufacturer, including data on complaints, injuries, and warranty claims. The manufacturer is given an opportunity to present its perspective on the alleged defect and may issue a recall if necessary.
Following the evaluation, NHTSA will either close the investigation or proceed to the next phase. If a safety-related defect is confirmed, the agency may send a “recall request” letter to the manufacturer.
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