A fire may occur due to a short circuit in the traction battery.
To date, 13 fires have been recorded.
Earlier, the Ministry of Transport reported about 25,000 car recalls.
Battery maker LG Chem said it has tested the batteries together with Hyundai.
Based on the tests, at least no defects have been found in the battery cells, but the companies are continuing their investigations.
The recall applies to Kona Electric cars manufactured between September 2017 and March 2020.
Recalls will be made in North America, Europe, China and many other countries, news agency Yonhap said on Monday.
In Finland, Traficom's database of recall campaigns did not contain a mention of these cars, at least on 12 October.
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The number of recalls was updated at 8.52.