As an IONIQ 5 owner myself, I was not thrilled to see the first manufacturer recall coming in one month into ownership. I love the car, and it would take a lot to change that. Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 recall.
IONIQ 5 Recall 228 Issued for Potential Vehicle Rollaway
On May 12, Hyundai dealers received notification of a stop-sale for IONIQ 5 electric crossovers built between November 2021 and April 2022. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Hyundai have announced a recall for select VIN numbers of the 2022 model year IONIQ 5.
The IONIQ 5 recall is for the potential for disruptions to the vehicle’s parking actuator system when the vehicle is off. Sudden voltage fluctuations may occur while the vehicle is off, potentially causing the parked vehicle to disengage from ‘Park’ momentarily. If this occurs while the vehicle is parked on uneven terrain, vehicle rollaway is possible.
While no incidences have been reported in North America, 4 incidences have occurred in South Korea. No injuries have been reported. This is a serious recall with the potential for crashes and injuries if preventative action is not taken.
What Has Hyundai Said About the Recall?
My own IONIQ 5 is affected, so I’ve experienced this firsthand. Upon entering my vehicle’s VIN number into Hyundai’s online recall search tool, the following summary and technical information was displayed:
Description of Hyundai Recall 228
“Hyundai is initiating a safety recall to address a condition involving the parking actuator system in certain 2022 model year Hyundai IONIQ 5 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. Hyundai is initiating this action to ensure the safety of its vehicles for Hyundai customers.”
“The shift-by-wire system in the subject vehicles contains a shifter control unit (“SCU”) and electronic parking pawl actuator. A voltage fluctuation may occur with the vehicle off and in the park (P) position, which could impact the command signal from the SCU to the parking actuator, resulting in momentary disengagement of the parking pawl and potential vehicle rollaway. Vehicle rollaway after parking increases the risk of a crash and/or injuries.”
“Hyundai recommends all affected owners to use their electronic parking brake (“EPB”) when parking their vehicles to mitigate the risk of vehicle roll-away before the recall is performed. All owners of the subject vehicles will be notified by first class mail with instructions to bring their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer to have the SCU software updated. This remedy will be offered at no cost to owners for all affected vehicles, regardless of whether the affected vehicles are still covered under Hyundai’s new vehicle limited warranty.”
I’m not a fan of all-caps, so I typed it out for you above. But here’s how Hyundai shared the recall information:
Check Your VIN Number for the IONIQ 5 Recall
To see if your Hyundai IONIQ 5 is affected by this recall, enter your vehicle’s VIN number into the database at Hyundai’s online recall search tool. Affected owners will be notified, but the quickest way to find out if you’re affected is to use the online tool.
Recalls happen all the time, but I sure wish this could be fixed with an over-the-air update from the convenience of my home. Even Tesla electric vehicles see an abundance of recalls, but Tesla’s integration of OTA update capability rarely makes them an inconvenience. While you await your dealer service center visit, Hyundai says it’s best to engage the parking brake to prevent possible vehicle roll-away. Don’t park on a hill without the parking brake engaged.
As an IONIQ 5 owner myself, I’ll be following the situation closely. Check back for updates.