The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is considered an extremely popular electric car in this country, and the Kia EV6 seems to be heading down a similar path. However, both vehicles seem to have a major problem that affects their E-GMP platform. This unceremoniously causes the vehicles to simply roll away. Now both manufacturers have to repair a total of 20,000 models as part of a recall.
Owners need to brace for mail
Are you the owner of a Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6? Then you shouldn’t be surprised if you soon find a letter from your dealership in your mailbox. After all, both electric cars seem to have a serious safety issue that should particularly worry people who reside in mountainous regions. This is about the parking brake of the two cars. This is said to be so unreliable in a total of around 20,000 affected cars that the manufacturers must now make further improvements. Otherwise, the vehicle is in danger of rolling away.
The cause of the major problem on the part of Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia appears to be the use of the new E-GMP platform. Due to unstable voltage between the relevant components, this can cause the brake to be released abruptly. If the vehicle were to be parked on a slope at such a moment, one would not even want to imagine the consequences. It is now imperative that the two manufacturers retrofit here. Unfortunately, an over-the-air update, which the vehicle downloads from the Internet, is not sufficient in these cases. Instead, owners of an Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 cannot avoid the classic workshop visit.
No vehicles affected in Germany yet
While the problem has already led to complaints in Korea, the Federal Motor Transport Authority has yet to report any corresponding complaints in Germany. Hopefully, the two manufacturers will repair the vehicles in question before bad damage and consequential losses occur. Hyundai has provided a simple behavioral tip until the update is implemented. In particular, when stopping on a sloping stretch of road and switching off the vehicle, the parking brake should be activated manually. The four complaints from Korea apparently did not do this. One cannot hold this against them. After all, both the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 should automatically activate the brake when a slope is noticed if they function correctly.