RECALL OF CHEVY BOLTS
THE LEMON PROS
Recall Information for Chevy Bolts
Chevy introduced its small electric hatchback Bolt for the 2017 model year. In 2022, the manufacturer revamped the appearance of these vehicles, adding an improved interior and modern styling. The Bolt EUV for 2022 is a longer version of the Bolt EV with more passenger space in the backseat.
General Motors has announced its plans to sell only electric vehicles by 2035 and has provided a sneak preview of several brand-new car types. With the Bolt, the company has introduced its first all-electric vehicle since the EV1 was scrapped in 1999.
It has been reported that these cars’ battery packs have experienced problems. GM/Chevrolet manufactured about 110,00 Chevrolet Bolt and EUV electric vehicles. The problem is that several batteries may be faulty and may cause fires. According to GM, the primary cause of the problem is a folded separator and a damaged anode tab inside the modules.
To find out if you qualify to file a Chevy Bolt Recall Lawsuit, contact The Lemon Pros immediately for a free, no-obligation consultation.
WHAT THE CHEVY BOLT EV RECALL IS ABOUT
Due to fires brought on by faulty lithium-ion batteries, GM has recalled 141,000 Chevy Bolt EVs. Thirteen fires have been linked to the recall as of September 20, 2021. GM issued a press release on August 20, 2021, stating that the batteries LG Energy Solution provided to GM may have two manufacturing flaws:
- Folded Separator
- Torn Anode Tab
The recall was initially issued in November 2020 for a few vehicles, but it has since been expanded to cover all Chevy Bolt EV models.
IF YOUR CHEVROLET BOLT HAS BEEN RECALLED, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
The company has announced that it will swap out the batteries in the impacted vehicles as soon as new parts are made available, as well as considering the possibility of buying back specific models. It is worth noting that General Motors also offers an exchange program for a second company vehicle, but electric vehicles are not included in this program.
Call the concierge service at 1-833-EVCHEVY for specialized automotive assistance or your local Chevy dealership. To protect yourself and your property, GM has made the following recommendations before offering long-term remedies:
- Set your vehicle’s charge restriction to 90% using Hilltop Reserve mode (2017-2018 model) or Target Charge Level mode (2019-2022 model).
- Charge more frequently to keep the remaining range above 70 miles in your vehicle (113 kilometers).
- When your car is finished charging, park it outdoors right away. Please do not leave it charging all night.
BATTERY DEFECT IN THE CHEVY BOLT
The LG battery in the Chevrolet Bolt contains 288 lithium-ion cells. It has been reported that all Chevy Bolt EV batteries are at risk due to manufacturing defects found on LG production lines in South Korea and the United States, including a torn anode tab and folded separators.
During the operation of the battery, the layers are filled with liquid electrolyte and enclosed in a flexible polymer bag. Unexpected proximity between the cathode and anode is caused by the protrusion caused by the ripped anode tab inside the battery pack. Because of the folding separator, a gap may exist between the anode and the cathode, potentially leading to a fire.
Losses from fires started by Chevy Bolt EVs can vary from property damage to personal injury.
Damages include the following:
Property damage can occur if caused by someone else’s negligence, deliberate destruction, or a natural disaster. If a Chevy Bolt EV battery fires, your home and property may suffer damage.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV has incurred both partial and complete damages. Since the battery is the most valuable part of this car, fires brought on by battery problems or failures nearly always result in total loss of the car.
Other Property Damages
Most Chevy Bolt EV fires occur while the vehicle is charging, damaging homes and garages. Numerous fires have allegedly destroyed or rendered the house uninhabitable. In the event of a fire, personal property in a vehicle may be damaged.
Chevy Bolt EV battery fires that occurred while the car was in use have occasionally resulted in injuries. People who attempt to extinguish a fire may also suffer injuries.
It is recommended that emergency responders put out these types of fires since battery fires are notoriously difficult to put out, burn at temperatures far greater than those caused by gasoline, and spread rapidly.
Chevrolet Bolt battery fire-related injuries
The prevention of harm and exposure to flames and fumes during a battery fire is of the utmost importance.
The following are among the injuries caused by battery fires:
CHEVY BOLT SOFTWARE UPDATE
As part of the software upgrade, General Motors has informed owners of Bolt vehicles that their cars will be able to eliminate parking and overnight charging restrictions. General Motors announced that they had developed a software update to allow owners of Bolt vehicles to remove their cars’ overnight charging and parking restrictions. At the same time, replacing battery modules and battery modules will continue with the previous recall guidelines. Therefore, it may concentrate on producing replacement battery modules.
A new software update raises the full charge status immediately to 80%, enabling owners to continue:
- Overnight indoor charging
- After charging, parking indoors
- Operating within a range of 70 miles (greater overall vehicle range compared to the prior charge limitation guidance)
Furthermore, the update has diagnostic capabilities that can diagnose particular anomalies that may indicate a rare battery problem. Diagnostic techniques such as these are essential.
CERTAINLY NOT THE LAST STRAW
We must remember that the new software does not provide a long-term recall solution. Replacement battery modules should be made available to owners as soon as possible. The operators of Bolt EVs should be aware of battery performance and stop operating them if a problem is discovered.
In general, GM and the battery supplier (LG) are working together to identify the root of the problem and improve. To quickly produce replacement cells for the recall, LG claims to have resumed battery production. The issue is exclusive to Bolts and does not relate to the Hyundai Kona EV.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CHEVY BOLT IS A LEMON?
If you purchased one of these recalled Bolts, you have one of the most hazardously uncommon manufacturing defects. Frequently occurring recall may be indicative of a lemon. Contact a lemon law attorney for guidance on what to do next, especially if your car has caused you any damage or caused a fire.
WHAT TRIGGERED THE ALARM?
In response to multiple fires linked to the Bolt batteries, General Motors recalled its Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV. Even though no one was injured in the incident, more than a dozen vehicles caught fire. After the car was transported into nearby buildings and parked, many of these flames spread for hours.
GM initially thought the problem only affected 2017-2019 electric vehicles. Dealers installed software that prevented batteries from being fully charged. Rather than implementing the alternative that appeared to be safe, they use a safer alternative. In addition to the Bolt’s recall, the battery pack has caused two other fires.
BOLT OWNERS: WHAT SHOULD THEY DO?
Although new batteries are now being installed, a recent software update may assist in reducing your irritation. To ensure that you receive your replacement parts (new battery), you should follow the following procedures:
- To set the vehicle’s maximum state of charge to 90%, use the Target Charging Level ( 2019 to 2022 years) or Hilltop Reserve mode (2017 to 2018 years). Alternatively, you can have your local dealer make the adjustments for you or through online tutorials.
- Whenever possible, charge the car more frequently to prevent the battery’s remaining range from being reduced to less than 70 miles.
- It is recommended to park the vehicle outside after recharging; it should not remain inside all night. If possible, avoid parking in the lot.
After installing fresh batteries and software, homeowners can securely resume their regular activities, such as parking inside.
LIST OF CHEVY BOLT EV CAR RECALLS
LEMON LAW INFORMATION FOR CHEVYS
California’s lemon law is currently being debated by owners of the recently recalled Bolt EUV/EV. There may be two factors at play in this problem.
There is a possibility that the battery may be faulty, and GM is aware of the problem. A software update was installed to limit the charge’s capacity; however, it proved useless. The service provider was contacted, and the issue was discovered with them. As a result of LG’s efforts to resolve the problem, these vehicles are now being delivered with secure batteries.
Due to GM’s acknowledgment that these battery fires in Chevrolet Bolt EVs are possible, the company is required to purchase them back under the Lemon Law. Sometimes, General Motors fails to buy back the vehicle on time or refuses to do so at all.
Under the California Lemon Law, automakers are required to purchase faulty or dangerous automobiles within 30 days. To avoid consumer fatalities or injuries, remove unsafe or flawed vehicles should be immediately from the road.
Because the company is aware of the Chevrolet Bolt EV issue, it has announced a recall. That is what it should accomplish. Customers may choose to wait for the repair option if they so desire. The owners, on the other hand, have the option of requesting a buyback. If GM fails to comply, it may be subject to civil penalties.
Applying civil penalty damages encourages automakers to comply with the lemon law. There have been instances when General Motors has refused to buy back vehicles in violation of the law. GM may be subject to a lemon law claim if it refuses to buy back a 2017–2018, 2019 Chevy Bolt EV, or 2020–2021, 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV leased or purchased in California. Please contact The Lemon Pros as soon as possible at (800) 917-7147.