General Motors will replace the battery modules in certain Chevy Bolt EV units involved in the battery fire recall campaign.
GM issued a recall for certain 2017 to 2019 model year Chevy Bolt EV units last month due to fire risks. Vehicles involved in the campaign were repaired under an earlier recall issued late last year, however GM was forced to recall the vehicles again after it received at least two more reports of fires in vehicles that had already been fixed.
According to Reuters, GM has now decided vehicles involved in the second recall campaign will receive new battery modules. While there were about 69,000 vehicles involved in the first recall, this second campaign affects roughly 50,000 vehicles.
GM is still recommending owners of affected Chevy Bolt EV models park their vehicles outside and not leave them charging overnight. The automaker is also advising owners to revert to the temporary battery management software it issued last year, which limits battery capacity to about 90 percent. Owners are advised to not let their vehicle’s range dip below 70 miles, as well, which will further reduce the chance of battery module fires.
GM spent $800 million on the Chevy Bolt EV battery pack recall in the second quarter of 2021, the automaker’s financial records indicate. In addition to paying to repair or replace the expensive battery modules in some vehicles, the automaker has also offered to buy back vehicles from customers in certain states.
Chevy Bolt Executive Chief Engineer Jesse Ortega told GM Authority previously that the battery fires can be traced back to defective cells manufactured by GM supplier LG Energy Solution (formerly LG Chem) in South Korea between May 2016 and May 2019.
The battery module replacements are expected to begin later this month.