Hyundai launched the Ioniq in Korea around 2 months ago and they’re already issuing a recall for the electric drive hatchback.
The recall was issued after a Youtuber’s review of the vehicle almost led him to crash. While going uphill on a parking exit he slowly brought the car to a halt before pressing on the throttle again. This was where the problem appears, the throttle did not respond to his panicked presses on the pedal and he started rolling backwards until the he pressed the brake pedal.
Just skip to the 4 minute mark to observe what happened. According to this Reddit thread, the throttle malfunction captured here isn’t the first time this happened. He first encountered it with his daughter in the passenger seat and afterwards, he enlisted the help of his camera crew to try and recreate the incident. Since the incident was repeatable, Hyundai can’t say that it could have been a one off occurrence.
Once the video was uploaded, the South Korea motor media was all over it and Hyundai had to take notice and take action. All Ioniq vehicles produced before March 14 are being recalled for a software update. The Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in models made after that point already has the software installed so they’re not included in the recall.
The Ioniq is slated to debut at the New York Auto Show and the North America spec Ioniq shouldn’t have the same throttle problem once they hit NA shores.