LG Faces Tougher U.S. Scrutiny After EV Battery-Fire Recalls

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“Performing this evaluation now helps ensure that Americans won’t end up in a situation like Takata, with tens of millions of defective batteries in our garages,” Michael Brooks, acting executive director of the Center for Auto Safety said.

By Keith Laing and Gabrielle Coppola
April 5, 2022

(Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators have opened an investigation into electric- and hybrid-vehicle batteries made by LG Energy Solution after five automakers issued recalls over fire risks.

The probe covers an estimated 138,324 vehicles that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said could catch fire when parked or in use, according to documents posted Tuesday on the agency’s website. NHTSA opened the probe, known as an equipment query, on April 1.

The regulator — which can deem cars defective and order recalls — said it launched its probe after receiving complaints about cars made by Stellantis NV, Volkswagen AG, General Motors Co., Hyundai Motor Co. and Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

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