Kona Recalled in Australia for IEB Software

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Source: Driven post

MACQUARIE PARK, Australia – South Korean car maker Hyundai has recalled the Kona Electric for the second time in as many months, this time to update the software to remedy a braking system issue.

Owners of the car maker’s electric crossover received an email last week requesting appointments be made with service centers to update the software for the “Integrated Electronic Brake” (IEB).

“Hyundai is recalling certain Hyundai Kona Electric vehicles produced between August 27th, 2018 and November 5th, 2020,” said the email which was sighted by The Driven.

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“The subject vehicles are equipped with an Integrated Electronic Brake (IEB) system that might illuminate the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) and significantly reduce braking performance upon detection of an abnormal sensor signal.

“Reduced braking power could extend the vehicle’s stopping distance and increase the risk of a crash. Ensure caution is taken while driving.”

Hyundai Australia confirmed with The Driven that 1,072 vehicles in total have been affected by the recall. Of these, 1,048 vehicles are Hyundai Kona Electrics.

A small number are hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexos are also affected by the recall, but all are owned by Hyundai with 20 out of the 24 in total set aside for the ACT hydrogen station trial.

Some owners have complained in Kona Electric forums about having to arrange another software update so soon after the November recall, which was to address a battery issue which had resulted in fires in some vehicles overseas.

Unfortunately, Hyundai electric cars do not have the same ability to update over-the-air as electric vehicles made by other car makers.

And there are no plans to add the ability, at least not soon.

A spokesperson for Hyundai Australia confirmed with The Driven that the 2021 Kona Electric will not have the feature.

“Currently we have no plans to introduce over-the-air updates and this function won’t be added to the 2021 Kona Electric refresh,” the spokesperson said in a note by email.

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