Hyundai Ioniq 5 recalled for parking gear failure in US, global recall possible

Hyundai Ioniq 5 recalled for parking gear failure in US, global recall possible

Hyundai Ioniq 5 recalled for parking gear failure in US, global recall possible

Hyundai Motor America has issued a recall for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 over failure of its parking gear, with the issue being labelled as “Vehicle Rollaway from Software Error”. The recall affects certain Hyundai Ioniq 5 units produced from 4 October 2021 to 26 April 2022.

Apparently, the parking pawl (or parking gear) may disengage by its own due to voltage fluctuation and cause the vehicle to rollaway on non-flat surfaces if the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) is not engaged.

Quoting the description of the recall by Hyundai, “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.”

Screenshot provided by a Hyundai Ioniq 5 owner in America

Now, you might be asking yourself, “Why the hell are people leaving their cars parked without engaging the parking brake?!”

Apparently, that’s something some American motorists do when leaving their car parked.

Pressing 'P' on the gear shifter only engages the parking gear/pawl, not the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)

Back to the issue of the recall, the parking pall (or parking gear) should not be disengaging on its own regardless if the EPB is engaged or not.

Since the Kia EV6 shares the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia Motors America has also issued a recall to rectify this issue.

INSIDEEVs reports that “Hyundai has confirmed a total of four rollaway incidents in the South Korean market. Fortunately, as of the date of the recall, there are no confirmed crashes, injuries, or reported incidents in the US.”

The fix for the issue is a software update that needs to be done by Hyundai. 

No issues have been reported by Malaysian Hyundai Ioniq 5 owners yet, but it is strongly advisable that you check with Hyundai Malaysia, in case you own one. A software update might be due.

The voltage fluctuation only affects the engagement of the parking gear ( or parking pawl). Hence, engaging your EPB every time you park, would provide a temporary fix (in case your Hyundai Ioniq 5 is affected by this recall).

Engage the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) by the pressing the 'P' button here in the Hyundai Ioniq 5
Arif Chan
With a deep interest and relevant experiences in the automotive industry, Arif writes about everything automotive. His employment history includes being an automotive engineer, a highway engineer, an alternative-fuel researcher, and a motoring journalist.