The Wall Street Journal reported GM this month expanded the safety recall of the Chevy Bolt for the second time to include some 142,000 models built since the electric car went on sale. The Journal reported that the safety issues with the Bolt highlight the risks for carmakers as they move toward electric vehicles.
Bloomberg reported GM is not alone in confronting the recall of electric cars. “Tesla, Hyundai, Ford, BMW, Audi, and China’s Nio all have either recalled cars or drawn scrutiny from regulators over battery fires.” GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that GM was working with LG to resolve manufacturing defects.
Forbes reported Chevrolet Bolt owners in North America “have been told to modify their charging process and park their vehicles outdoors until GM has the ability to offer free replacement batteries through its dealership network.”
Car and Driver reported the Chevrolet Bolt recall was expanded in August “to include 2019 model Bolt EV and all 2020–2022 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models. The total cost to GM is now estimated to be $1.8 billion.” Recurrent has found that up to 30% of Chevy Bolt owners are not following GM guidelines to keep the battery charge below 90 percent and more than 70 miles of remaining range.
From the news release of the American Association for Justice