GM extends Chevy Bolt production pause amid fire concerns

Common Motors stated on Thursday it should prolong a shutdown of a Michigan meeting plant to mid-October within the aftermath of a brand new recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electrical autos over battery points after 10 reported fires.

The biggest U.S. automaker stated the extension of the manufacturing halt at its Orion Meeting plant will undergo at the least Oct. 15. GM additionally stated it was chopping manufacturing at six different North American meeting vegetation due to the continued semiconductor chips scarcity.

GM stated it won’t resume Bolt manufacturing or gross sales till it’s glad that the recall treatment will handle the hearth danger difficulty.

GM in August widened its recall of the Bolt to greater than 140,000 autos to exchange battery modules, at a value now estimated at $1.8 billion. The automaker stated it might search reimbursement from battery provider LG.

It’s not clear how lengthy it should take GM to acquire alternative battery modules for recalled autos and whether or not it should have diagnostic software program that may enable it to certify some modules don’t want changing.

GM stated the extra three-week manufacturing halt at its plant in southeast Michigan the place it builds the Bolt comes because it continues “to work with our provider to replace manufacturing processes.”

Earlier this month GM was compelled to halt manufacturing at most of its North American meeting vegetation briefly due to the chips scarcity.

Mary Barra standing onstage near a Chevrolet Bolt with the Chevrolet logo and name above in the background
GM, headed by chair and CEO Mary Barra, in August widened its recall of the Bolt to greater than 140,000 autos — price an estimated $1.8 billion.
AFP through Getty Photos

The brand new manufacturing cuts embody a Lansing plant that builds the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave.

GM can be chopping manufacturing at vegetation in Mexico and Canada the place it builds SUVs just like the Chevrolet Equinox, Blazer and GMC Terrain. It should additionally make additional manufacturing cuts at Michigan and Kansas vegetation that make automobiles, together with the Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu.

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