Recall: GM Expands Chevy Bolt Recall To All Vehicles Due To Fire Risk

General Motors is recalling even more Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles including the model years 2017-2022 due to possible battery cell defects that could increase the risk of fire. 

The automaker said it was recalling Bolts from the 2020 through 2022 model years and a few 2019 Bolts that were not covered under a previous recall. In the new announcement all 141,000 Bolts that G.M. has produced — going back to the 2017 model — are under recall.

The recall expansion is going to cost the automaker an additional $1 billion, bringing the total to $1.8 billion to replace potentially defective battery modules in the vehicles.

GM also said it will notify customers when replacement parts are ready.

  • In the meantime, GM is asking affected Bolt EV owners to set their vehicles to a 90% state of charge limitation using Hilltop Reserve mode (for 2017-2018 model years) or Target Charge Level (for 2019 model year) mode.
  • GM also is asking owners to avoid depleting their battery below approximately 70 miles of remaining range and, as it advised last week, continue to not park their vehicles inside or charge them unattended overnight “out of an abundance of caution.”

“In rare circumstances, the batteries supplied to GM for these vehicles may have two manufacturing defects — a torn anode tab and folded separator — present in the same battery cell, which increases the risk of fire,” the automaker said in a news release

The new recall affects an additional 59,392 model year 2019-2022 vehicles which weren’t included in the last recall announcement in November 2020 and July 2021.  NHTSA is aware of the issue and opened an investigation (PE 20-016) in October 2020, and continues to evaluate the recall remedies and reported incidents, including fires.

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