A recently filed class action lawsuit alleges that the 2016 through 2019 Chevy Volt suffers from an electrical system defect that may result in the vehicle losing propulsion.
According to a recent report from Car Complaints, the lawsuit argues that affected units of the Chevy Volt may stop moving at highway speeds, and may fail to start. The problem allegedly stems from a failure in the Chevy Volt hybrid system, specifically the battery energy control module, which is designed to keep the battery charged and regulate battery temperature to ensure it does not overheat or freeze.
As Car Complaints outlines, the new class action lawsuit asserts that the Chevy Volt will cease to function if the battery energy control module malfunctions. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Jason Miller, alleges that the fault may be a failure of the module’s internal soldering connections. Miller previously purchased a 2017 Chevy Volt.
Miller states that once the module exhibits a fault, it must be replaced and reprogrammed. What’s more, it’s alleged that GM knew about the fault as early as June of the 2018 calendar year, as the automaker previously issued technical service bulletin 18-NA-261 to dealers in regard to “an internal issue within the Battery Energy Control Module.” However, GM allegedly failed to warn consumers about the issue, and has refused to offer compensation for repairs or replacements. GM has also failed to issue a recall for the issue.
Although GM ended production of the Chevy Volt after the 2019 model year, the lawsuit alleges that GM continues to sell and market the vehicle containing the defective component.
The Chevy Volt battery energy control module class action lawsuit, Jason Miller v. General Motors, LLC, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division). The plaintiff is represented by Weitz and Luxenberg, P.C., Branstetter Stranch and Jennings, PLLC, and the Indian and Environmental Law Group, PLLC.