GM recalls over 73,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles in US due to fire risk

GM recalls over 73,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles in US due to fire risk

August 21, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

GM says it will replace battery modules in its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to reduce the risk of fire.

According to 32cars.ru, GM representatives have informed some Chevrolet Bolt EV owners that they will replace all modules in their batteries with new ones. This step is being taken to address issues in some Bolt EV models to reduce the likelihood of battery fires. As a reminder, GM recalled the Bolt EV twice a little over a year before and after more than a dozen incidents where the car caught fire due to battery problems.

In total, more than 68,000 Bolt electric vehicles were recalled, which were sent for repairs back in November, and then the company released a software update to limit their charging capacity to 90%. In July, the National Highway Traffic Administration issued a safety alert asking owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles from 2017 to 2019 not to park their cars indoors or leave them charging overnight. The warning came after two Bolt electric vehicles caught fire in the US. Finally, in April, the automaker released a final software change, but this did not completely solve the problem, and GM had to look for another solution.

GM has told some owners that they will be able to make an appointment on Aug.23 to replace all modules in their batteries. Owners who do the replacement will also receive a new 8-year warranty for 161,000 km. However, Chevrolet will only replace battery modules with Bolts produced within the time frame GM suspects of manufacturing defects in the batteries. Based on fire incidents, GM is likely to prioritize 2019 models, followed by 2017 and 2018 models.

In addition, it is reported that GM and LG will inspect the replaced modules and find defects. They will also try to see if they can develop an on-site detection method that would allow owners to find out if their batteries are at risk of catching fire.

Earlier we wrote that 2022 Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV crossover turned into police cars.