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GM recalls Chevrolet Bolt EV due to fire risk



During the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Chevrolet Bolt EV was exhibited at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on November 20, 2016.

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General Motors recalled tens of thousands of all-electric Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to fire hazards.

The Detroit automaker said on Friday that it will recall 68,667 vehicles worldwide during the 201

7-2019 model year, including nearly 51,000 vehicles in the United States. The recall includes some cars used by Cruise, a majority-owned self-driving car subsidiary of General Motors.

Chevrolet Bolt EV executive chief engineer Jesse Ortega (Jesse Ortega) said that General Motors has confirmed that five fires may be related to the high-voltage battery in the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted an investigation into three fires involving Chevrolet Bolt EV in October. Ortega said the automaker is cooperating with the Federal Vehicle Safety Agency.

Ortega said that General Motors has a dedicated team of engineers and experts dedicated to determining the cause of the fire. So far, they have found that common factors in the fire include fully charged or nearly fully charged vehicles, and batteries were produced by South Korea’s partner LG Chem between May 2016 and May 2019.

General Motors hopes to provide a complete solution to this problem until next year. At the same time, General Motors asked Bolt EV owners to arrange appointments with Chevrolet dealers. The dealer will refresh and update the car’s battery software to limit the car’s maximum charge to 90%.

Before the customer receives the software update, General Motors requires car owners to change their vehicle settings to reduce their charging capabilities. It released a video on how to do this on Friday. General Motors said that if customers feel “uncomfortable” about changing settings, they should avoid parking them in garages or carports until they receive software updates.

The NHTSA survey covers 77,842 Bolt electric vehicles for the 2017-2020 model year. General Motors said it will not recall vehicles for the 2020 model year because their battery formula is different from earlier models that have not reported a fire.


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