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General Motors Recalls Chevrolet Bolts Over Battery Fire Hazard

Basic Motors is recalling almost 51,000 Chevrolet electrical automobiles in the US whose battery modules have been discovered to be prone to catching hearth.

The recall covers Chevrolet Bolts from the 2017 to 2019 mannequin years and comes after an earlier recall so as to add software program designed to stop the automobiles’ batteries from overheating. Two fires have been reported because the preliminary recall, together with one in a Bolt that had the up to date software program.

The recalled Bolts use battery packs made in South Korea by LG Chem, an in depth associate in G.M.’s electrical automobile technique.

G.M. and LG Chem linked the fires to 2 manufacturing defects that on uncommon events could be current in cells within the Bolt’s battery pack, the automaker stated in a press release. G.M. plans to switch battery modules which have faulty cells.

Till alternative modules can be found, the corporate has suggested house owners to keep away from parking the automobiles in garages or close to buildings, and to keep away from absolutely charging the battery packs.

“Specialists from G.M. and LG have recognized the simultaneous presence of two uncommon manufacturing defects in the identical battery cell as the foundation reason for battery fires in sure Chevrolet Bolt E.V.s,” the corporate stated. “As a part of this recall, G.M. will change faulty battery modules within the recall inhabitants. We are going to notify clients when alternative elements are prepared.”

G.M. is transferring to ramp up manufacturing of electrical automobiles. It plans to introduce greater than two dozen fashions within the U.S. market over the subsequent few years, and is constructing a number of battery vegetation in a three way partnership with LG. G.M. has stated it’s hoping gross sales of electrical automobiles will take off and surpass gross sales of gasoline-powered automobiles and light-weight vehicles inside a few decade.

The corporate has set a purpose of ending manufacturing of inner combustion automobiles by 2035.

The Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration initially opened an investigation into fires involving the Bolt final fall and issued a new alert final week. The unique recall was issued in November.

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