Only forward: Ioniq spontaneously accelerates

Only forward: Ioniq spontaneously accelerates


Hyundai Motor Corporation is recalling 2,679 Ioniqs due to gas pedal malfunction. Under certain circumstances, it can lead to spontaneous acceleration.

This is reported by RBC-Ukraine Auto with reference to NHTSA.

The recall campaign will affect Ioniq electric vehicles produced between January 21, 2016 and June 24, 2019. A problem can occur when the vehicle enters an energy-saving driving mode.

In this mode, the EV Ready indicator flashes and the total output power and acceleration are reduced. On rare occasions, the vehicle may start to accelerate slowly and without permission. However, this happens only after a certain sequence of actions – it is necessary to sharply press the accelerator pedal all the way to the stop and then abruptly release it. Accordingly, traction does not disappear instantly, but with a noticeable delay, for which drivers are usually not ready.

Hyundai claims the problem may be due to deterioration of the electrical ground, which causes a communication error on the vehicle’s controller network.

The Korean automaker first became aware of this vulnerability in June 2021 and has already conducted its own investigation. Hyundai is sending letters to affected owners with instructions on how to get their vehicles to official services. Updating the Electric Power Control Unit software will help fix the problem.

Earlier, we reported how the shortage of microchips will change the entire auto industry. Automakers are forced to open up a new sector for themselves – the development and production of precision electronics.

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