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Hyundai expands electric SUV recall to US after South Korea fires

LG Chem denies authorities' suggestion that faulty batteries may be to blame

Hyundai is expanding its recall of the Kona electric SUV after a small number of vehicles caught fire.     © Reuters

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor said Monday that it will recall its Kona electric SUV in the U.S., following its recall of 25,000 units of the model in South Korea last week due the risk of the vehicles catching fire.

The world's fifth-largest automaker said it is set to notify the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the recall. Hyundai declined to specify how many vehicles will be subject to the recall, but analysts say the number could reach 11,000 in North America.

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