GM Voluntarily Recalling 69,000 Chevy Bolts Over Fire Concerns
Car manufacturers have been ramping up production of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in recent years as demand has grown for more environmentally friendly vehicles. Unfortunately, several manufacturers have had to issue recalls of their battery-powered models in recent months, including Ford, Hyundai, and BMW.
Last week, Detroit auto manufacturer, Chevrolet, issued a voluntary recall of 68,667 Chevy Bolts that were built between 2017 and 2019 worldwide. The reason? There were at least five reported “fire incidents” involving the electric vehicle model; all vehicles had either fully charged or almost fully charged batteries at the time the fires erupted. As a result of the fires, there are two reports of smoke inhalation injuries.
According to The Detroit News, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating three of the five fires and says more than 50,000 of the affected vehicles are located in the United States. GM says they are cooperating with the investigation and running a simultaneous internal investigation that started before NHTSA’s.
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What is causing the fires?
While GM has not yet identified the exact reason that the high-voltage batteries used in their Chevy Bolts have a fire risk, they have disclosed that:
- The risk appears to be when these high-voltage batteries are either fully charged or close to fully charged.
- The batteries in question were manufactured at a South Korean LG Chem plant.
What should I do if I own a Bolt EV?
GM is asking owners of 2017 – 2019 model year Bolt EVs to schedule an appointment at a Chevrolet dealership starting today. The dealer will reflash and update the vehicle’s battery software to limit the maximum charge to 90 percent. While waiting for their appointment, owners of 2017 or 2018 model year Bolt EVs should reset their vehicle’s settings to the Hill Top Reserve option. For owners with a 2019 model year Bolt EV, they should change their vehicle settings to enable target charge level at 90 percent. Watch this video for instructions: https://my.chevrolet.com/how-to-support/safety/boltevrecall
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