Five Car Companies Recall Electric Batteries that Burst into Flame, Federal Safety Regulators Investigate

Five Car Companies Recall Electric Batteries that Burst into Flame, Federal Safety Regulators Investigate

By Yehudit Garmaise

After five automakers since February 2020 issued recalls on electric and hybrid vehicle batteries that had defects, US safety regulators launched an investigation.

General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Stellantis, and Volkswagen were the manufacturers that issued recalls, most of which said were due to internal battery failures that can increase the risks of fires.

The defective batteries can also cause cars to stall, Westchester.news12 reported.

Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a federal agency that investigates and regulates safety defects motor vehicles, will research more than 138,000 vehicles with batteries that were made by LG Energy Solution of South Korea.

In addition to conducting a study, the NHTSA also plans to write to car companies that might have bought batteries with similar defects to ensure they are recalled.

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