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Chevrolet Bolt Battery Fire Recall Expands to Remaining 2019 EVs, 2020-22 EVs and EUVs

chevrolet-bolt-euv-2022-oem-02-angle--exterior--rear--silver-.jpg 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV | Manufacturer photo

“Out of an abundance of caution” is a phrase we’ve heard repeatedly in recent months, but Chevrolet Bolt owners are hearing it more than most. After prior recalls for defective battery modules that pose a fire risk, Chevy’s parent company GM has added more Bolt EV hatchbacks in its latest recall out of, you guessed it, an abundance of caution. This time, the recall includes the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV models.

Related: Chevrolet Recalls More Than 50,000 Bolt EVs Again for Battery Fire Risk

The reason for the ongoing recall has to do with two manufacturing defects in the battery cell, a torn anode tab and folded separator, which can lead to fires. The defect was first traced to battery cell supplier LG’s Ochang, South Korea, plant, but GM says it has learned that the defect extends to other LG facilities.

To remedy the situation, the automaker says it will replace defective battery modules in recalled Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs, and will notify affected customers when the replacement parts are ready. Batteries with the new modules will come with an eight-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Impacted Vehicles

In June, GM recalled over 50,000 model-year 2019 Bolt EVs due to the fire risk. Included in the new recall are nearly 7,000 2019 Bolt EVs that were left out of the previous recall. Added to that are more than 52,000 model-year 2020-22 Bolt EVs and EUVs that may house the potentially dangerous batteries.

What Should Bolt Owners Do?

While Bolt owners wait for a replacement battery module, GM advises setting the vehicle to a 90% charge limit using the Target Charge Level Mode or visiting a dealer for assistance with the adjustment. Other recommendations include charging the vehicle more frequently, avoiding depleting the battery below 70 miles of the remaining range, parking outside after charging and avoiding charging the vehicle indoors overnight.

Owners looking to keep track of the investigation’s progress can visit Chevrolet’s dedicated site, call 833-382-4389 or visit NHTSA’s website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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