General Motors recently announced that it would begin replacing Chevy Volt EV battery modules before the end of 2021. The recall was announced almost a year ago — the reason for the delay is because its battery supplier LG wasn’t able to make the modules and cells. GM will start with model years 2017-2019, which the manufacturer believes was the time with the highest likelihood of producing defective cells. The five instances of fire in these model years prompted the initial recall – this may seem like a lot, but there are 150 fires each day involving gas-powered vehicles.
Although the recall Bolt EVs was announced last November and involved 50,000 cars, the manufacturer expanded to include every Bolt EV and EUV, which is a total of about 141,000 cars. These batteries are the first long-term fix of the defect.
The manufacturer has also advised Bolt owners to limit how much they charge the potentially defective batteries (not more than 90%) and how deeply they discharge the batteries (do not go below the 70-mile range). GM also warned not to park in garages because of the fire risk caused by the batteries, and they should not be left unattended to charge overnight. Owners also can already get new diagnostic software that can notify them if there are any pending issues.
Some owners not happy
The problem with the battery has already been so acute with some owners that the manufacturer has repurchased several defective vehicles that were no longer safe to be on the road. These buybacks are done on a case-by-case basis, but Chevy has spent an estimated 800 million so far on the recall as it tries to do damage control.
Those with questions about their Bolt cars can speak with the dealerships and service centers. If their response is not satisfactory, the owner may wish to pursue legal action.