Vietnam-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer VinFast has initiated a recall of nearly 6,000 VF 5 cars in the domestic market to address an issue with the combination switch, the company announced on Tuesday.
According to a statement released by VinFast, the affected vehicles were produced between March and December of the previous year.
The recall comes after the company identified a potential issue with the combination switch during internal testing. Notably, only one vehicle on the market was reported to have experienced the switch error, with no related incidents recorded.
VinFast identified that on some VF 5 Plus models, exclusively available in Vietnam, the front lights may deactivate if the driver forcefully pulls the combination switch while attempting to start the ignition. The company attributed this issue to a design flaw in the control circuit board from the component supplier.
Despite its Nasdaq debut in August last year, VinFast faced challenges in meeting its production targets. In 2023, the company delivered approximately 35,000 vehicles, falling short of its goal of at least 40,000 units. However, deliveries surged in the final quarter of 2023, increasing by 35% compared to the preceding quarter, reaching a total of 13,513 units.
The recall underscores VinFast's commitment to ensuring the safety and reliability of its vehicles and addresses potential concerns raised by the identified issue. Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by the company to arrange for the replacement of the combination switch, ensuring continued safe operation of the EVs.