General engines (GM) announced it has extended the recall of more than 68,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs made in November 2020, after five of the vehicles caught fire between 2017 and 2019, to include all Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs sold worldwide, starting from the first model. until the last.
This recall includes 73,000 additional vehicles, 60,000 of which are in the US, in addition to the first batch of bolts recalled.
GM discovered a manufacturing defect in the Bolt’s batteries manufactured at a LG Chemical Solution facility in South Korea when investigating the initial incidents. That became the basis for the models that the automaker included in the first recall. AP reports that GM began investigating the newer bolts after a 2019 model not included in the recall last year caught fire in Chandler, Arizona, a few weeks ago, bringing the total number of battery-related fire incidents to 10. that batteries made at other LG locations may also fail, hence the extension of the recall.
The automaker also advises owners to charge their vehicle more frequently to avoid draining the battery until there is less than 70 miles of range remaining. An email sent to owners contained a link to instructions on how to do that by using Target Charge Level mode.
GM said it will replace all five battery modules for models 2017 to 2019, while in newer vehicles only defective modules are replaced. All new modules installed come with a new eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Until owners can return their cars for module replacement, GM advises them to limit charging to 90 percent of battery capacity and park outside.
The company had said it would stop producing and selling Bolts until it determines there are no longer any problems with LG’s batteries. This second set of recalls will cost the company $1 billion in addition to the $800 million it had to spend for the first.