At least two “repaired” Chevrolet Bolt EVs caught fire.
The recalled Bolt EVs are from the 2017-2019 model years.
The first recall, which was issued last November, involved nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs that were prone to battery fires. The fix, at the time, was a software update however a second recall has now been sanctioned as fires are still occurring.
The problem stems from the affected battery cell packs that can potentially create smoke and ignite internally. The first recall has shown to be inadequate as at least two “updated” Chevrolet Bolt EVs have caught fire, as reported by CNBC. GM has made suggestions, other than parking outdoors, such as not charging beyond 90% and not depleting the range below 70 miles.
For this second round, GM will now replace defective battery modules in the affected vehicles. “We’re working with our supplier and manufacturing teams to determine how to best expedite battery capacity for module replacement under the recall,” GM spokesman Dan Flores said in an email. “These teams are working around the clock on this issue.”
If you own a 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt and have concerns, you can visit the Bolt recall website or contact the Chevrolet EV helpline at 1-833-EVCHEVY. Contacting your preferred Chevrolet EV dealer is also an option.