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- The recall includes Chevy Bolts manufactured between 2017 and 2019.
- GM first announced a recall of the affected Bolts in November 2020.
- In May, the company rolled out a software repair, but two vehicles that received the software caught fire recently, prompting the latest recall.
General Motors (GM) has once again issued a recall for tens of thousands of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles after at least two cars repaired from a previous recall erupted into flames.
The automaker has issued a recall of about 69,000 Chevy Bolts worldwide manufactured between 2017 and 2019 worldwide, with 51,000 of the vehicles located in the U.S.
The company said the vehicle’s batteries can have two rare defects in the same cell at the same time.
“Experts from GM and LG have identified the simultaneous presence of two rare manufacturing defects in the same battery cell as the root cause of battery fires in certain Chevrolet Bolt EVs,” GM said.
“As part of this recall, GM will replace defective battery modules in the recall population. We will notify customers when replacement parts are ready,” the automaker said.
In the meantime, the automaker is asking Bolt owners to take precautions to avoid the risk of fire. GM says owners should park the vehicle outdoors, limit charging to 90 percent battery capacity and not deplete batteries below 70 miles of range. The vehicles should not be left to charge overnight and should be parked outside once charged, according to The Associated Press (AP).
GM first announced a recall of the affected Bolts in November 2020. In May, the company rolled out a software repair, but two vehicles that received the software caught fire recently, prompting the latest recall.
GM has confirmed at least nine battery fires in Bolts, with two people suffering smoke inhalation and a fire spreading to a house, according to the AP.
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