GM has issued a product recall for certain examples of the Chevy Bolt EV over an issue related to the vehicle’s seat belt pretensioners, which in rare cases may result in a fire.
The problem: in affected units, exhaust gases emitted by front seat belt pretensioners may come into contact with carpet fibers following a crash.
The hazards: in rare cases, these exhaust gases may come into contact with carpet fibers after a crash and result in a fire. It’s reported that GM has identified three vehicle fires which possibly resulted from the seat belt pretensioner exhaust gas issue.
The fix: Chevy dealers will install a metal foil along the carpet located near the pretensioner exhaust. Alternatively, some models may have a pretensioner cover installed.
Affected components: front seat belt pretensioners. Seat belt pretensioners are designed to pull a passenger into a proper seating position shortly before a crash occurs, giving the passenger the best possible chance at avoiding injury.
Affected vehicles: affected units of the Chevy Bolt EV are mainly located in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to other markets as well, and span the 2017 through 2023 model years. Notably, the new Chevy Bolt EUV is not affected by this recall, nor are the Cruise fleet vehicles. Cruise is GM’s autonomous vehicle division, and is currently operating a fleet of Chevy Bolt EVs to test its autonomous driving technology.
Number of affected vehicles: 111,242 Chevy Bolt EVs have been recalled in the United States as a result of this issue, along with 19,898 units in Canada. Nearly 140,000 units could be affected globally.
Owners should: GM will notify owners of affected vehicles in January 2023, and instruct them to make an appointment with their dealer.
Any American owners that are unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected by this recall can visit my.gm.com/recalls and type in their VIN to view any open recalls for their vehicle or other action that may be active on it. Canadian owners can do the same at my.gm.ca/gm/en/recalls.
Owners can also reach out to Chevrolet, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or Transport Canada directly with any questions or concerns they may have.
- GM recall number: N222383790
- Chevy Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- GM Canada Customer Service: 1-800-263-3777
- NHTSA: 1-888-327-4236
- Transport Canada: 1-866-995-9737