WORLD NEWS – CALIFORNIA – General Motors recalls nearly 69,000 Bolt electric vehicles due to fire risk

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The recall is for 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with high-voltage batteries produced at the Ochang facility of LG Chem Co., Ltd. in South Korea

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date of publication:

November 14, 2020

12:25 PM (Indochina Time)

Updated:

7 hours ago

General Motors said Friday that it recalled 68,677 electric vehicles from around the world posing a fire risk after five fires and minor injuries were reported.. .

The recall is for 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with high-voltage batteries produced at the Ochang facility of LG Chem Co., Ltd. in South Korea.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last month opened a preliminary investigation into Bolt EVs after reports of three bolts igniting.

GM said vehicles pose a fire risk when charged at full or near full capacity. The Detroit automaker said it has developed a program that will limit vehicle charging to 90% of full capacity to mitigate risk, while identifying appropriate final repair.

“We are working together around the clock to publish a definitive treatment as soon as possible after the first of the year,” Jesse Ortega, CEO of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, told reporters on a conference call.

LG Chem said in a statement; « We will cooperate with General Motors and will sincerely continue the investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire.

The NHTSA said bolt owners should « park their cars outside and away from their homes until their cars are repaired, due to a new recall for a fire risk.

Smoke inhalation injuries were reported in the March 2019 accident in Belmont, Massachusetts. Bolt caught fire in the driveway and the owner said strong fumes penetrated the house during a three-hour fire requiring professional cleaning. The owners also reported that they had a headache from contact with the smoke.

Last month, Hyundai Motor Co issued a recall of nearly 77,000 Kona EVs worldwide, saying that potential defects in battery cells increase the risk of a short circuit or fire.

Vehicles affected in Hyundai recall also use LG Chem battery cells, which were produced at the supplier’s factory in Nanjing, China.

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