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GM recalling Chevrolet Bolt EVs as a result of hearth dangers amid federal probe

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV is displayed throughout the Los Angeles Auto Show on the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

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General Motors is recalling tens of 1000’s of all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EVs as a result of danger of fireplace.

The Detroit automaker mentioned Friday it’s recalling 68,667 of the vehicles globally from the 2017 by 2019 mannequin years, together with almost 51,000 within the U.S. The recall consists of some autos being utilized by GM’s majority-owned autonomous car subsidiary Cruise.

GM has confirmed 5 cases of fires that “could be related to the high voltage batteries” within the autos, in keeping with Jesse Ortega, govt chief engineer for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in October opened an investigation into three reported fires involving Chevrolet Bolt EVs. The automaker is cooperating with the federal car security company, Ortega mentioned.

GM has a devoted staff of engineers and consultants working to find out the reason for the fires, in keeping with Ortega. They have thus far discovered that frequent elements within the fires included autos had been at or close to full cost and had batteries produced between May 2016 and May 2019 by GM’s associate LG Chem in South Korea.

GM does not anticipate a full resolution for the issue till subsequent yr. In the meantime, GM is asking Bolt EV house owners to schedule an appointment with a Chevrolet dealership starting Tuesday. The supplier will reflash and replace the automobile’s battery software program to restrict the utmost cost of the car to 90%.

Until prospects obtain the software program replace, GM is asking house owners to alter their car’s settings to decrease its charging capability. It launched a video Friday on how to take action. If prospects are “uncomfortable” with altering the settings, GM mentioned they need to keep away from parking the autos in garages or carports till receiving the software program replace.

NHTSA’s probe coated 77,842 Bolt EVs from the 2017 by 2020 mannequin years. GM mentioned it isn’t recalling autos from the 2020 model-year as a result of their batteries have a distinct components than the sooner fashions with no studies of fires.


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