Less than a month after GM recalled nearly 70,000 Chevrolet Bolts due to the risk of batteries catching on fire, the car brand is announcing an extension of the recall by adding Bolts from 2019 through 2022 to the previous count of older Bolts.
GM issued a press release on Friday (August 20th) stating that in rare circumstances, the batteries in the Chevrolet Bolds may have two manufacturing defects. These are a torn anode table and folded separator. Both of the defects are notably present in the same battery cell and increases the chances of a fire.
GM reports that it will replace defective battery modules in Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs with new modules. The expected additional cost is approximately $1 billion.
Doug Parks, GM Executive Vice President, stated, “Our focus on safety. Doing the right thing for our customers guides every decision we make at GM. GM customers can be confident in our commitment to taking the steps to ensure the safety of these vehicles.”
Which Chevrolet Bolts Are Being Recalled?
The Chevrolet Bolts in the recall are 9,335 (6,989 in the U.S. and 1,212 in Canada) 2019 model year Bolt EVs that were not included in the previous recall. 63,683 (52,403 in the U.S. and 9,019 in Canada) 2020–2022 model year Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs.
GM stated it discovered manufacturing defects in certain battery cells produced at LG manufacturing facilities beyond the Ochang, Korea, plant.
“GM and LG are working to rectify the cause of these defects. In the meantime, GM is pursuing commitments from LG for reimbursement of this field action.”
The car brand further reveals it is working aggressively with LG to increase production as soon as possible. The car brand will notify customers when replacement parts are ready.
GM Announces Instructions For New Recall Chevrolet Bolt Owners Receiving Replacement Modules
Also in the press release, GM shared instructions for the recalled Chevrolet Bolt owners that are receiving replacement modules.
“Set their vehicle to a 90 percent state of charge limitation using Target Charge Level mode. If customers are unable to successfully make these changes or do not feel comfortable making the changes, GM is asking them to visit their dealer to have these adjustments completed.”
GM also instructs Chevrolet Bolt owners to charge their vehicles more frequently. Also, avoid depleting their battery below approximately 70 miles (113 kilometers) of the remaining range where possible.
“Park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and should not leave their vehicles charging indoors overnight.”
GM goes on to add that the batteries with these new modules will come with an 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty (or 8-year/160,000 km limited warranty in Canada). The car brand will repair or replace the part, in its sole discretion, at no charge if the part fails due to a defect in material or workmanship during the warranty coverage period.