Recall it All: GM expands Chevy Bolt recall to include all model years over potential battery fire risk

Toronto, Ontario — General Motors is expanding the current Chevrolet Bolt EV recall to cover all model years due to a potential battery fire risk. 

The company says this decision was out “of an abundance of caution.”

This new recall includes the remaining 2019 model year vehicles and all 2020-2022, including the Bolt EUV. More than 73,000 vehicles in Canada and the U.S. are affected. 

“Our focus on safety and doing the right thing for our customers guides every decision we make at GM,” said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “As leaders in the transition to an all-electric future, we know that building and maintaining trust is critical. GM customers can be confident in our commitment to taking the steps to ensure the safety of these vehicles.” 

The company says batteries for these vehicles may have two manufacturing defects – a torn anode tab and folded separator – present in the same battery cell, which increases the risk of fire. 

GM will replace defective battery modules in Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs with new modules. 

This is expected to cost the company approximately $1 billion dollars.

GM says it will notify customers when replacement parts are ready, until then owners should:

  1. Set their vehicle to a 90 percent state of charge limitation using Target Charge Level mode. Instructions on how to do this are available on chevy.com/boltevrecall. If customers are unable to successfully make these changes, or do not feel comfortable making these changes, GM is asking them to visit their dealer to have these adjustments completed.
  2. Charge their vehicle more frequently and avoid depleting their battery below approximately 70 miles (113 kilometers) of remaining range, where possible.  
  3. Park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and should not leave their vehicles charging indoors overnight.

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