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Across the world, General Motors is recalling all Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to fix a battery problem that could cause fires. The newest recall is an expansion of a previous recall. Last month, the company told owners of 2017-2019 model year vehicles to “park outdoors and not charge [their cars] overnight,” after two vehicles repaired in the earlier recall caught fire.
This recall, among others, is shining a light on the safety and effectiveness of lithium-ion batteries, which are now used in nearly all electric vehicles. Other companies, such as Hyundai and BMW, have each recalled batteries as of late.
Recall In Numbers
The General Motors recall, announced Friday, adds an estimated 73,000 Bolts from the 2019 through 2022 model years to a previous recall of 69,000 older Bolts. The motor company made this move in the rare case that the batteries have two manufacturing defects that can cause fires.
GM said that all vehicles would receive battery replacements. All five models of older versions will also be replaced.
The total cost of the battery recall is $1.8 billion.
What Should Owners Do?
General Motors stated that owners should limit charging to 90% of battery capacity. The Bolts, including the newest SUV, should be parked outdoors until the modules are replaced.
General Motors first issued a Bolt recall in November after receiving reports that five had caught fire. As a result, two individuals suffered from smoke inhalation, and a house was set afire.
At the outset, the automaker did not know what was causing the batteries to malfunction, but it was later determined that the batteries that caught fire were near full charge. These incidents were eventually traced back to what GM called a ‘rare manufacturing defect’ in battery modules. More specifically, it can cause a short in a cell, which triggers a fire.
GM says that it will work with LG to increase battery production. The automaker says owners will be notified to take their cars to dealers when replacement parts are ready.
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