WASHINGTON — Normal Motors Co mentioned Friday it’s issuing a brand new recall for practically 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electrical automobiles (EVs) worldwide for fireplace dangers after reviews of two new fires.
The Bolt EVs had been recalled in November for fireplace dangers and a minimum of one of many two new fires was in a car that had already had the software program replace launched as a part of the recall.
The recall comes after GM and U.S. security regulators final week urged these house owners to park automobiles exterior and away from houses after charging.
The most important U.S. automaker mentioned “consultants from GM and (battery maker) LG have recognized the simultaneous presence of two uncommon manufacturing defects in the identical battery cell as the foundation reason for battery fires in sure Chevrolet Bolt EVs.”
GM mentioned it can exchange faulty battery modules within the recall inhabitants however it’s not clear what number of are faulty. The recall consists of 50,925 U.S. automobiles.
Final week, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration urged these 50,925 Bolt house owners to park exterior and away from houses and different buildings after charging due to fireplace dangers.
The Chevrolet Bolt automobiles being recalled once more are from the 2017-2019 mannequin years and had been first recalled for the potential of an unattended fireplace within the high-voltage battery pack beneath the backseat’s backside cushion.
GM mentioned Friday that all the practically 69,000 Bolt house owners ought to return automobiles to a 90% state of cost limitation that the corporate first instructed house owners to make use of in November earlier than the recall repair had been accomplished.
The automaker additionally requested house owners to cost their car after every use and keep away from depleting their battery under roughly 70 miles of remaining vary, the place attainable, to scale back the danger of a hearth.
GM mentioned it was nonetheless recommending prospects park automobiles exterior instantly after charging and never go away their automobiles charging in a single day — and to get the software program replace as a part of the preliminary recall.
GM mentioned earlier the excessive voltage batteries being recalled had been produced at LG Chem Ltd’s Ochang, South Korean facility.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Enhancing by Mark Potter)