General Motors is now recalling Chevy Bolts to replace the batteries due to battery fires. This recall affects all 2017 through 2019 models. GM is aware of at least 10 instances of vehicle fires that have totally consumed these vehicles. Even though GM has been reluctant to share much information on this recall, it has been working with the battery manufacturer LG Chem to fix the problem. Initially, it was thought to be a software problem but it appears to be a manufacturing problem that involves two manufacturing defects that occur at the same time. The only fix for this is the total replacement of the batteries on all of the affected vehicles.
Admitting that there is a physical defect in the batteries is a huge step for GM as the fix is extremely costly. Manufacturers are extremely reluctant to admit such defects and it is usually their last act in an attempt to fix defects. Of course, this is not only expensive but also produces negative press and therefore reduces the vehicle’s attractiveness to consumers. This is especially true for the GM in this case as the Bolt was its first entry into the long-range EV market.
GM is warning all owners of the affected Bolts to immediately contact their local dealerships to determine if their vehicle is included in the recall and if so get the battery replaced. GM is also warning owners of these vehicles not to charge them in their garages as this situation could possibly cause a very serious and dangerous house fire.
Find out if your vehicle has a recall online at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
If you are driving a vehicle that has recalled parts, it’s very important for your safety that you get your vehicle checked as soon as possible. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an automobile defect, contact the auto defect attorneys at The Potts Law Firm to review your case.