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GM Recalls 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EVs Again for Fire Hazard

GM Recalls 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EVs Again for Fire Hazard

August 18, 2021 — GM has issued yet another recall for about 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to a fire hazard.

In the Bolt EV Safety Recall, GM said it identified the “two rare manufacturing defects in the same battery cell as the root cause of battery fires in certain Chevrolet Bolt EVs.”

As a result, GM has issued a second recall for Bolt EVs from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 model-years, which were previously recalled in November 2020 after at least 5 battery fires were reported.

After the November 2020 recall, GM offered consumers a software update that maxed out the battery at 90% to avoid overheating.

Despite the software fix, at least 2 more fires were reported in vehicles that were parked and unattended. Two people suffered from smoke-inhalation injuries and one of the fires spread to a home.

One of the fires was reported by Vermont State Rep. Tim Briglin, whose 2019 Chevrolet Bolt received the software fix on June 9, yet still caught on fire about two weeks later, on June 30, 2021.

GM said it will replace defective battery modules in the recalled vehicles. Until the vehicles are repaired, GM is asking customers to “continue to park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and not leave their vehicles charging overnight.”

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