GM Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicle

GM again, recalls nearly 69,000 Chevy Bolt vehicles over risk of fires

*The automaker urges vehicle owners to take precautions until replacement parts are ready

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

General Motors (GM) has issued fresh recalls for its 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles.

The automaker Friday, July 23, 2021, said at least two more of the vehicles had caught fire despite having previously got a software fix for the battery defect identified in recent months.

GM stated that it identified a second “rare manufacturing defect” in the vehicles that increases the vehicles’ risk of catching fire.

Although officials didn’t say exactly what the defects are, it said the problem stems from the cells that make up the Bolt’s battery pack.

About 69,000 of the vehicles are affected globally, and nearly 51,000 of those cars are in the US.

GM is still preparing the recall. In the meantime, owners are being advised to take precautions until the company is able to complete the new recall fix.

Those precautions include not charging the vehicle to more than 90% or letting it drop below 70 miles (or about 27%).

Owners are also advised to charge their vehicle after each use.

The company also noted that as it did in the previous recall, owners should not park their vehicles inside or near their homes.

Owners also should not leave their vehicle charging overnight.

Company officials said the automaker would be replacing defective battery modules in the vehicles at no cost, and that affected consumers would be notified when replacement parts are ready.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said: “We’re working with our supplier and manufacturing teams to determine how to best expedite battery capacity for module replacement under the recall.

“These teams are working around the clock on this issue.”

Owners with questions can also contact their preferred Chevrolet EV dealer or GM’s EV helpline at 1-833-EVCHEVY.

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