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

  • NHTSA to alert South Korean manufacturer’s customers of defect
  • Move follows recalls by GM, Mercedes, Hyundai, Stellantis, VW
An LG Energy Solution battery cell.
An LG Energy Solution battery cell.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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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.