Slightly greater than a 12 months after GM recalled each Chevrolet Bolt EV ever made for an elevated battery fireplace danger, the maligned electrical hatchback wants to return to the store for a seat belt downside that may set off a fireplace.
The recall, confirmed by GM Tuesday, covers 140,000 Bolt EV hatchbacks produced from 2017 to 2023. Of the recall inhabitants, 119,950 Bolts are within the U.S. The recall doesn’t embody the bigger Bolt EUV that launched in 2022, nor does it embody any of the Bolts made for GM’s autonomous driving division, Cruise.
The seat belt challenge arises in instances of a crash. Exhaust gases from the seat belt pretensioners can contact the carpet fibers and set off a fireplace. GM mentioned it’s conscious of three identified fires attributable to the issue. A seat belt pretensioner has sensors that detect a crash and pull the seat belt again earlier than influence to get the passenger right into a safer seating place, and likewise to gradual the passenger’s pace.
GM sellers will repair the problem by making use of metallic foil alongside the carpet close to the pretensioner, and a few Bolts will get a canopy on the pretensioner. The problem has not but been reported on the NHTSA.gov, as an alternative originating via Canada’s motorcar security company, Transport Canada.
In August of final 12 months, GM expanded its recall of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV to embody each automobile made because it launched for 2017 as a result of a faulty battery pack may catch fireplace. GM suggested house owners to park exterior away from different buildings, however after it changed faulty battery modules in among the recalled automobiles, the issue occurred once more—till it was discovered to be associated to 2 totally different manufacturing defects.
Apart from a quick restart in mid-November 2021, manufacturing of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV was stopped from August of final 12 months to April of this 12 months, simply as many extra electrical automobiles got here to market and GM rolled out its Ultium battery propulsion technique for bigger EVs.
In June, GM made the bizarre transfer of slashing the worth on the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt as different electrical automakers starting from Ford to Tesla had successive worth hikes on their electrical automobiles. At $26,595, the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt was probably the most inexpensive electrical automobile.
For more information on the present Chevy Bolt EV recall, go to the Chevrolet Bolt recall web page or name Chevy EV Concierge at 1-833-EVCHEVY.