A structure fire in Georgia has been linked to a known battery manufacturing defect in the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV.
According to the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook page, a structure fire was reported Monday morning just after 9 a.m. local time in Canton. When firefighters arrived, they observed smoke coming from an adjoining garage, with the fire apparently originating from a 2019 Chevy Bolt EV. Firefighters pulled the vehicle from the garage, but it had already received extensive damage. A 2017 Dodge Ram pickup also parked in the garage had received smoke damage.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjoining house. No injuries were reported.
As GM Authority reported in August, General Motors recently expanded an existing vehicle recall for the Chevy Bolt EV to include all model years, as well as the all-new Chevy Bolt EUV. The vehicles are said to have two manufacturing defects present in the same battery cell – a torn anode tab and folded separator. The defects could lead to a fire.
The defects were discovered following a GM investigation into the manufacturing process at LG Energy Solution, GM’s battery cell supplier. GM is pursuing reimbursement from LG.
In response to the defects, General Motors will replace defective battery modules on all Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV models. The recall includes more than 73,000 units of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV sold in the U.S. and Canada. The recall is expected to cost over $1 billion.
Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV customers are advised to limit charging their vehicles to under 90-percent capacity using the Target Charge Level mode. Customers should also avoid frequent charging sessions, as well as depleting their battery below 70 miles of range. GM says to park vehicles outside immediately after charging, and not to charge their vehicle indoors overnight.