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News GM Served A Class-Action Lawsuit Over Chevrolet Bolt Battery Pack

GM Served A Class-Action Lawsuit Over Chevrolet Bolt Battery Pack

GM is experiencing battery issues with the Chevrolet Bolt and despite a recall, they’ve not yet found the root cause of the problem


  • When fully charged, the Bolt’s battery pack poses a risk of fire.

  • GM issued a recall in November in relation to battery issues.

  • GM’s fix limits charging capabilities to 90%.


Buying an electric vehicle was something of a leap of faith only a few years ago. The latest crop of EVs is far more advanced however they are experiencing a number of bugs. Battery fires seem almost common and GM’s Chevrolet Bolt has experienced such incidences, prompting a recent recall. The battery issue and the fix following the recall has lead owners to launch a class-action lawsuit against GM.

The lawsuit is fairly simple to understand. Buyers and owners of Chevrolet’s Bolt EV were promised a certain amount of range when new. Battery fires, following fully-charged batteries, required a quick fix from GM. Through a software update, batteries are now limited to a maximum 90% state of charge which inevitably limits total range.

Chevrolet Bolt IZEV program
Chevrolet Bolt EV | Photo: Chevrolet

According to GM Authority’s report, “The complaint accuses GM of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, along with fraudulent concealment/fraud by omission. It also accuses GM of breaching its express and implied warranties on its vehicles. The plaintiff is seeking restitution and punitive damages as a result of “GM knowingly introducing defective vehicles into the marketplace and defrauding consumers across the country, and also an award for costs and fees and other relief,” the law firm says.”

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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