U.S. regulator reviews LG Energy Solution batteries for adequate recalls

Asian Tech Press (Apr. 6) -- The U.S. auto safety regulator is launching a review to ensure LG Energy Solution (LGES)'s defective batteries are adequately recalled.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday that the review covers 138,324 vehicles equipped with electric and hybrid car batteries produced by South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solutions.

It comes as General Motors (GM), Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai Motor, Volkswagen and other car companies have issued recalls since 2020 due to internal failures in high-voltage vehicle batteries that pose fire risks.

A LG Energy Solution spokesperson responded that the NHTSA's probe is just a "follow-up procedure" to the recent recalls related to its battery products, stressing that it does not involve any additional issues.

LG Electronics paid GM up to $1.9 billion last October to recall and repair Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs due to the risk of fires caused by faulty batteries supplied by LG.

GM last August halted sales and production of new Bolt EVs and EUVs, more than 141,000 units for a battery fire risk.

And the U.S. automaker resumed Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV production on Monday at its Lake Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.

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