Chevy Bolt Faces Second Recall for Battery Fire Risk

Following a number of fires and a prior recall for 2017-2019 model year Bolt hatchbacks, Chevrolet has announced a second recall to address the issue. The automaker said that along with supplier LG, it has identified the simultaneous presence of two manufacturing defects said to be rare, located in the battery cell, with this issue tied to reported battery fires. A new recall for the affected Bolts is underway, in which the automaker will replace the defective battery modules.

As the recall starts, Chevrolet is asking owners of the affected vehicles to take a few precautions.

“Customers should, whether or not they received the current software update, return their vehicle to the 90% state of charge limitation using Hilltop Reserve mode (for 2017-2018 model years) or Target Charge Level (for 2019 model year) mode,” Chevrolet says. “If customers are unable to successfully make these changes, or do not feel comfortable making these changes, we are asking them to visit their dealer to have these adjustments completed.”

Chevrolet is also asking Bolt owners to avoid depleting the battery below 70 miles of remaining range, and to charge the car after each use. The automaker is also asking owners to park their vehicles outside immediately after each charging session, and to not leave them charging overnight.

The automaker is also telling Bolt owners to visit their dealers to obtain a software update, if they haven’t done so already, and that they should limit their state of charge to 90% thereafter.

Earlier last week the automaker told owners of Bolt vehicles whose cars were part of a prior recall to park their cars outside after charging them, after two recent vehicle fires. The fires themselves, in the incidents that had been reported, had started under in the battery compartment area under the rear seat, and had spread to the rest of the vehicle.

“Vehicles should be parked outside regardless of whether the interim or final recall remedies have been completed,” the agency said last week. “NHTSA is aware of two recent Chevrolet Bolt EV fires in vehicles that received the recall remedy.”

Bolt owners can visit the NHTSA website to check if their vehicle is part of the recall, by entering their VIN number. Bolt owners can also visit the Chevrolet recall page to check via VIN number, and to read the full list of warnings in relation to this recall.

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