General Motors has recalled 2017, 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs due to fire hazard.
General Motors investigated and found that “a rare manufacturing defect in some battery modules in vehicles” in 2017, 2018 and 2019 caused five Chevrolet Bolt bolts to heat up. They determined that a “heat source or short circuit in the cell” could trigger a fire. The automaker first announced the recall of the electric vehicle last year, but then it only offered a temporary solution to the problem. Now GM has a permanent fix for Bolt.
“In developing a solution to this problem, General Motors has created dealer tools to diagnose battery problems, as well as advanced on-board diagnostic software that can, among other things, detect potential problems with battery module changes before how they become problems during vehicle operation and charging, ”said GM spokesman Dan Flores.
2019 Chevrolet Bolt owners can deliver their vehicles to their local Chevrolet dealership to install new diagnostic software starting this week, while 2017 and 2018 Bolt EV owners will have to wait until the end of May to get the right to be corrected. General Motors has confirmed that new diagnostic software will come standard on the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV, as well as the brand’s other electric vehicles.
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