General Motors issues third recall for Chevrolet Bolt EVs, citing rare battery defects – TechCrunch

Common Motors is recalling much more Chevrolet Bolt electrical autos as a result of attainable battery cell defects that would improve the chance of fireplace. This latest recall, introduced by the automaker on Friday, marks the third time GM has issued the patron discover for the Bolt.

The second recall, which was issued in July, coated 2017 to 2019 Bolt EVs. Now, GM is increasing that recall to incorporate an extra 9,335 2019 mannequin yr Bolts, in addition to 63,683 2020–2022 Bolt EV and EUV autos.

“In uncommon circumstances, the batteries equipped to GM for these autos could have two manufacturing defects — a torn anode tab and folded separator — current in the identical battery cell, which will increase the chance of fireplace,” the corporate stated in a information launch. It added that it was working with its cell provider, South Korea’s LG, relating to the difficulty.

This recall is predicted to price GM an extra $1 billion — that’s on high of the $800 million the corporate has already estimated for the prior remembers. Prices related to fixing faulty Bolt batteries made up the lion’s share of GM’s $1.three billion in guarantee bills final quarter, the automaker stated in an earnings name earlier this month.

GM is recommending that included Bolt drivers set car to a 90% state of cost limitation and keep away from depleting the battery beneath a 70 mile vary. The automaker additionally suggests parking the car outdoors proper after charging and never leaving the car charging indoors in a single day — seemingly because of the threat of fireplace. The Nationwide Freeway Site visitors and Security Administration launched its personal advice to Bolt drivers to park their autos away from their properties to scale back fireplace threat.