GM has issued a recall for the Bolt EV due to battery defects.
After multiple Chevy Bolt fires were reported, the NHTSA and GM have looked into the issue and found a defect with the LG-sourced battery that may affect Bolt units built from 2017 to 2019. Units built after 2019 use a different battery architecture which doesn’t seem to be affected by this issue.
General Motors has announced that they will check for and replace problematic battery components if any are found. Until owners are able to get their Bolt checked at a Chevrolet service center, GM recommends avoiding reaching extreme lows or highs on the battery, as vehicles seem to be particularly prone to catching fire when charged above 90%. GM also advises parking your Bolt outside to avoid additional damage in the event of a fire.
This isn’t the first time the Bolt has been recalled. Back in November 2020, General Motors released a software update that stopped the vehicle from charging above 90%. They said the solution was a temporary measure, to reduce fire risk. Now that they know exactly what the issue is, a permanent solution can be implemented.
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