NHTSA Opens Investigation into LG EV Batteries
April 7, 2022—The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has opened an investigation into EV and hybrid batteries made by LG Solutions.
Five automakers including General Motors, Stellantis and Hyundai have recalled vehicles with LG batteries due to defects that could cause fire or stalling, which the NHTSA says is what prompted the agency to open the investigation.
"The investigation is another bug in a growing global rollout of electric vehicles by all automakers to replace internal combustion vehicles to cut emissions and fight climate change," a report from the Associated Press via the Detroit Free Press said. "Ford and BMW also have recalled batteries in recent years. Also, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigated a series of fires in Tesla vehicles and said the high-voltage lithium-ion batteries pose safety risks to first responders after crashes."
The investigation will cover more than 138,000 vehicles, and the NHTSA says it will reach out to LG and other companies "to make sure recalls are being done when needed."