Chevrolet recalls some 2017-2019 Bolt EVs to handle prospective battery fires

General Motors announced Friday that it is recalling an unspecified quantity of 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs as a consequence of a NHTSA investigation into battery fires. GM surely could confirm the presence of a concern and narrow down the circumstances to a batch of batteries furnished by LG Chem’s facility in Ochang, Southern Korea, which could catch fire when near a maximum state of cost.

“since you may take note, the National Highway Traffic Safety management launched a study into several reports the agency received from Chevrolet Bolt EV owners about potential fires,” Chevrolet said in an email to owners which was also posted on its web site. “GM had recently been investigating these reports prior to that announcement, in cooperation with NHTSA.”

Fires were initially reported in 2017, 2018, and 2019 models, as well as the three EVs were left with an identical burn pattern on or around the rear seats. After investigating, NHTSA published a bulletin describing your fires seemingly were only available in the Bolt’s battery pack compartment and spread to the cabin. In cooperation with GM, NHTSA eliminated outside factors, including recharging gear.

Both could actually confirm five total incidents of fire that took place in batteries near a maximum state of cost, however, the actual reason for the fires still continues to be under investigation. GM is dispersing a computer software change to dealer service divisions that will limit customer cars’ maximum state of fee to 90%, that ought to eliminate the conditions necessary for a fire while GM attempts to find a permanent solution.

Meanwhile, NHTSA urges owners to keep their Bolts parked outside and from structures. They’ve been being encouraged to by hand set their batteries’ maximum state of charge to 90per cent in the Bolt EV’s integral charging controls. For 2017-2018 models, this implies picking the “Hill Top Reserve” cost mode; owners of 2019 models can allow “Target Charge amount” and set it to 90percent. The movie embedded above describes the task for both variations.

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