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GM recalls Chevrolet Bolt EV due to fire risk under federal investigation

The Chevrolet Bolt EV will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

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General Motors is recalling tens of thousands of all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EVs due to the danger of fire.

Detroit car makers announced on Friday that they will recall 68,667 cars worldwide in the 2017-2019 model year. This includes nearly 51,000 units in the United States. The recall includes vehicles used by Cruise, a self-driving car subsidiary owned by GM’s majority.

According to Jesse Ortega, executive chief engineer at Chevrolet Bolt EV, GM has identified five cases of fires that “may be related to high-voltage batteries” in vehicles.

In October, the Department of Road Safety began investigating three reported fires related to the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Automakers are working with the Federal Vehicle Safety Agency, Ortega said.

According to Ortega, GM has a dedicated team of engineers and experts working to determine the cause of the fire. So far, the common cause of fires, including vehicles, has been fully charged or almost fully charged, and between May 2016 and May 2019, LG Chem, a partner of GM Korea. Discovered that the battery was manufactured by.

GM does not expect a complete solution to the problem until next year. Meanwhile, GM is asking Bolt EV owners to schedule an appointment with a Chevrolet dealer from Tuesday. The dealer will reflash and update the vehicle’s battery software to limit the vehicle’s maximum charge to 90%.

Until the customer receives the software update, GM asks the owner to change the vehicle settings to reduce the charging capacity. It released a video on Friday about how to do so. If customers are “uncomfortable” with changing settings, GM said they should avoid parking their car in the garage or carport until they receive a software update.

The NHTSA survey covered 77,842 Bolt EVs in the model year from 2017 to 2020. GM said it has not recalled the 2020 model vehicle because the battery formula is different from the previous model and there are no reports of fire.

GM recalls Chevrolet Bolt EV due to fire risk under federal investigation

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