This suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, involves a plaintiff who leased a new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV in July 2021 for $31,995, agreeing to a down payment of $6,000 and monthly lease payments of $271.65. A month later in August 2021, GM issued its extended recall campaign for the 2022 model year Chevy Bolt EV, with the automaker advising owners to not let their vehicles drop below 70 miles of range and to not charge the battery above 90 percent capacity. Owners were also advised not to park their vehicles indoors or within 50 feet of another vehicle.
Due to the recall and the safety limitations associated with it, the plaintiff claims they were forced to make “unforeseen accommodations and take precautions that interfere,” with their normal expected use of the vehicle, as quoted by Car Complaints. The suit also says that the real-world range of the vehicle is now 163.10 miles, based on the 90 percent battery/70 mile range limitations, which is 62.97% of the advertised mileage. Additionally, the plaintiff says they’ve lost sleep and experience anxiety due to the potential their vehicle will suddenly catch fire and would not have leased the vehicle had they known about the battery issues.
GM issued a software update for the 2020-2022 Chevy Bolt EV in December. While this update enables customers to charge their vehicle indoors overnight, use the vehicle with less than 70 miles of range and park inside after charging up, it limits the vehicle to a maximum of 80-percent battery charge. This software fix is temporary and will be replaced with a software version once GM can replace the vehicle’s battery pack under the ongoing recall campaign.
The California class action lawsuit is the second known suit filed against GM over the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EV battery fires after a similar suit was filed on behalf of 30 plaintiffs in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in December.