Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors over its temporary fix for the Chevy Bolt EV battery fires, which reduces the maximum capacity of the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery pack by 10 percent.
This latest class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of the plaintiff in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Markovits, and Stock & DeMarco, LLC. The suit accuses GM of concealing various defects with the 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack found in the electric vehicles, which can allegedly cause the battery pack to overheat when the vehicle is nearly or fully charged.
This lawsuit references the recall that GM issued for 2017 to 2019 model year Chevy Bolt EV models last year. That recall, which involved over 69,000 units, was sent out after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received numerous reports from owners of Chevy Bolt EV models who claimed their vehicle spontaneously caught fire when it was parked and/or charging. GM eventually issued a software update that prevented the batteries from overheating, however this update will reduce the battery capacity to 90 percent of its original limit, diminishing the vehicle’s usable range.
The plaintiff says that GM’s temporary fix means owners aren’t getting the same range out of the vehicle as was originally advertised to them. It also says the vehicles have lost resale value due to GM’s apparent inability to properly address the battery issues.
GM Authority reached out to Chevy this week for an update on the Chevy Bolt EV recall. The automaker told us it did not yet have a permanent fix for the solution, but expects to have one ready by April.
“We have hundreds of engineers working around the clock on the issue and we have made progress on identifying the cause and potential remedies,” a Chevy spokesperson said.
A separate class-action lawsuit was filed against GM over this matter in December of last year. That suit was filed in Illinois and accuses GM of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, as well as committing fraudulent concealment/fraud by omission.
We’ll provide continuous updates on the Chevy Bolt EV recall situation as GM prepares to roll out its permanent fix in April. For now, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Bolt EV news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.