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RECALL OF CHEVY BOLTS

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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. While the models skipped a year for 2024, a brand-new generation is expected for 2025.

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. The NHTSA lists several Bolt EV battery recall warnings, along with other defects Bolt owners should know about.

There’s already compensation available for certain Chevrolet Bolt EVs from General Motors. GM and LG offered to pay Bolt owners $1,400 each because of a class action lawsuit. If you’ve had a battery replacement or the latest advanced diagnostic software installed, you may qualify.

Whether you are dealing with the Bolt EV battery recall or defects with the driver information center, some of the issues can be resolved through Lemon Law if they are unrepairable. It’s time to call a lemon lawyer to get compensation. We’ve helped other Bolt owners get out of their lemons, and we are ready to help you too. Schedule a free lemon law consultation today.

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 rare manufacturing defects:

  1. Folded Separator
  1. 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 Chevrolet EV concierge service at 1-833-EVCHEVY for specialized automotive assistance or your local preferred Chevrolet EV dealer. 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. It’s dangerous to leave the unrepaired vehicle charging indoors overnight.

BATTERY MODULES DEFECT IN THE CHEVY BOLT

The LG battery in the Chevrolet Bolt contains 288 lithium-ion battery 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.

DEFECT-RELATED DAMAGES

Losses from fires started by Chevy Bolt EVs can vary from property damage to personal injury.

Damages include the following:

Property Damage
Property damage can occur if caused by someone else’s negligence, deliberate destruction, or a natural disaster. If a Chevy Bolt EV battery catches on fire, your home and property may suffer damage.

Automobile 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.

Injuries
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.

DEFECT RELATED DAMAGES

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:

  • Abrasion
  • Burns
  • Death

  • Scarring
  • Smoke inhalation

  • 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 installing new lithium-ion 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.

    BOLT OWNERS: WHAT SHOULD THEY DO?

    LIST OF CHEVY BOLT EV CAR RECALLS

    2017-2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: STRUCTURE, SEAT BELTS

    Date Announced: 12/04/2023

    Recall Description: 

    General Motors issued a recall for 2017-2023 Chevrolet Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs. There could be a problem with one of the previously recalled seat belt pretensioners and the exhaust may ignite carpet fibers near the B-pillar of the car, leading to a fire.

    Remedy:

    The dealer’s responsibility is to inspect and repair the seat belt pretensioners and install metal foil at the carpet near the pretensioner’s exhaust. Some vehicles may also require the installation of a pretensioner cover. All repairs are performed free of charge. A letter was sent to notify customers on January 24, 2024. Contact Chevrolet EV Concierge at 1-833-EVCHEVY (1-833-382-4389) (TTY 711 / 1-800-833-2438) or Customer Service at 1-800-222-1020. The reference number for this GM recall is N232421970.

    2022-2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: AIRBAGS, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 08/10/2023

    Recall Description: 

    General Motors issued a recall for 2022-2023 Chevrolet Bolt EVs. A defective instrument panel could be missing perforation on the panel cover’s underside, preventing the passenger-side airbag from deploying normally.

    Remedy:

    The dealer will put in a new instrument panel at no charge. A letter was sent to notify customers on December 21, 2023. Contact Chevy Customer Service at 1-800-222-1020. The reference number for this GM recall is N232414710.

    2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: AIRBAGS

    Date Announced: 07/08/2021

    Recall Description: 

    General Motors are issuing a recall for some 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs. There could be a problem with one of the two bolts holding the driver’s frontal airbag to the steering wheel.

    Remedy:

    The dealer’s responsibility is to inspect and repair the airbag fasteners on the driver’s side as necessary. If it is impossible to tighten the fasteners sufficiently, installing a new airbag assembly will be necessary. Any repairs will not be subject to an additional charge. Letters of notification should be mailed on August 23, 2021. Contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 if you own a Chevrolet vehicle. The GM recall’s reference number is N212340860.

    2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 08/20/2021

    Recall Description:

    From 2020 to 2022, General Motors LLC (GM) will recall specific Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs. A high voltage battery may catch fire when charged to or almost to capacity.

    Remedy:

    A faulty battery module will be replaced by GM free of charge. Owners are advised to use the short-term fixes described below:

    • Set the vehicle’s Target Charge Level to 90%.
    • Charge it more regularly.
    • Avoid running out of battery power with only 70 miles of range left.
    • Park the vehicle outside after charging.
    • Avoid charging it indoors overnight.

    On October 4, 2021, it predicted that interim warning letters informing owners of the safety concern would be mailed. Upon completion of the final treatment, an additional letter will be sent. Call 1-833-382-4389 for assistance from the Bolt EV Concierge Team. The NHTSA recall 21V-560 has been supplemented by this recall. The GM recall’s reference number is N212345940.

    2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: LATCHES / LOCKS / LINKAGES

    Date Announced: 03/26/2020

    Recall Description:

    General Motors LLC (GM) has announced the recall of a limited number of 2019–2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles. There is a possibility that the wire for the rear doors is too long, which could result in window contact when the door is opened and even cable failure. A faulty wire may suddenly cause the back door to open when the rear window is opened. Additionally, it can make the inner back door handle unusable.

    Remedy:

    Dealers will replace the cables at no cost after informing the affected owners. On May 11, 2020, the recall was planned to start. Owners of Chevrolet vehicles can contact customer service at 1-800-222-1020. The GM recall’s reference number is A202298320.

    2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

    Date Announced: 12/22/2020

    Recall Description:

    General Motors LLC (GM) has recalled some 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles. These automobiles can have a front left brake caliper that was cast incorrectly and might crack under intense braking.

    Remedy:

    GM will notify owners, and dealers will review the casting lot number on the front left brake caliper and replace it if necessary. The recall is set to take place on February 5, 2021. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is N202321400.

    2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: SEAT BELTS

    Date Announced: 12/23/2020

    Recall Description:

    Certain 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV models, as well as the GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500, Yukon, Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, and the Chevrolet Blazer, Camaro, Colorado, Equinox, Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500, Suburban, and Tahoe models are all being recalled by General Motors, LLC (GM). Possibly, the seat belts were fastened to the car incorrectly at one or more points. Using the incorrect Bolt could result in the seat belt not being securely fastened to the vehicle.

    Remedy:

    The company will notify owners of damaged fasteners, and dealers will replace them without charge. It’s anticipated that the recall will start on February 6, 2021. Customers of GMC can reach us at 1-800-462-8785, Cadillac customers at 1-800-458-8006, and Chevrolet customers at 1-800-222-1020, respectively. GM’s recall reference is N202322230.

    2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

    Date Announced: 08/30/2018

    Recall Description:

    Certain models of the 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox, Impala, Cruze, Volt, and Bolt EV, the GMC Terrain, the Buick Lacrosse and Regal, the Cadillac XTS and XTS Professional, and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu are being recalled by General Motors LLC (GM). Gas pockets could form on the rear brake caliper pistons due to inadequate coating, which would lower the effectiveness of the back brakes.

    Remedy:

    There will be a notification from GM, and dealers will inspect the brake system at no cost to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet supplied a notification schedule. You can contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8004, Chevrolet contact center at 1-800-222-1020, and GMC contact center at 1-800-462-8782.

    2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: LATCHES / LOCKS / LINKAGES

    Date Announced: 03/26/2020

    Recall Description:

    A recall for a select number of 2019–2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles has been issued by General Motors LLC (GM). The rear doors’ wire may be too lengthy, which could cause window contact when the door is opened and even cable failure. A faulty wire may suddenly cause the back door to open when the rear window is opened. Additionally, it can make the inner back door handle unusable.

    Remedy:

    Dealers will replace the cables at no cost after informing the affected owners. On May 11, 2020, the recall was planned to start. Owners of Chevrolet vehicles can contact customer service at 1-800-222-1020. The GM recall’s reference number is A202298320.

    2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 11/13/2020

    Recall Description:

    All Chevrolet Bolt EV models from 2017, 2018, and 2019 are being recalled by General Motors LLC (GM). A high voltage battery may catch fire when charged to or almost to capacity.

    Remedy:

    To limit the maximum charge to 90%, GM will notify owners and dealers to make the necessary modifications to the hybrid propulsion control module 2 (HPCM2) free of charge starting November 17, 2020. Limit the charge level to 90% by using Hill Top Reserve (2017 and 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (2019 models), or wait to park inside until the software update is finished. As of now, we are in the course of developing the ultimate answer. On November 23, 2020, owners will be notified of the temporary repair. The owners will receive a second announcement once the last repair is finished. You can get in touch with the Bolt EV Concierge Team at 1-833-382-4389. N202311730 is the reference number for the GM recall.

    2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 07/23/2021

    Recall Description:

    Certain 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs are recalled by General Motors LLC (GM). These vehicles were previously subject to NHTSA recall number 20V-701. A high voltage battery may catch fire when charged to or almost to capacity.

    Remedy:

    A replacement battery module will be provided by GM free of charge. Owners should take the short-term actions listed below:

    • The driver must turn on the Hill Top Reserve (2017 & 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (2019 models) option in their car
    • Charge it after every usage
    • Prevent draining the battery to its final 70 miles of range
    • Park it outside after charging
    • Avoid leaving it charging overnight

    On September 6, 2021, owners should receive interim notification letters informing them of the safety concern. The second safety concern letter will be delivered when the definitive treatment is over. You can get in touch with the Bolt EV Concierge Team at 1-833-382-4389. N212343880 is the reference number for the GM recall.

    2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 11/13/2020

    Recall Description:

    All Chevrolet Bolt EV models from 2017 through 2018 and 2019 are being recalled by General Motors LLC (GM). A high voltage battery may catch fire when charged to or almost to capacity.

    Remedy:

    To limit the maximum charge to 90%, GM will notify owners and dealers to make the necessary modifications to the hybrid propulsion control module 2 (HPCM2) free of charge starting November 17, 2020. Limit the charge level to 90 percent using the Hill Top Reserve (2017 and 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (2019 models) option, or leave the car outside while the firmware is updated. The definitive response is now being developed. On November 23, 2020, owners will be notified of the temporary repair. A second statement will be mailed once the last repair is finished. You can get in touch with the Bolt EV Concierge Team at 1-833-382-4389. N202311730 is the reference number for the GM recall.

    2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 07/23/2021

    Recall Description:

    Certain 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs are recalled by General Motors LLC (GM). These vehicles were previously subject to NHTSA recall 20V-701. A high voltage battery may catch fire when charged to or almost to capacity.

    Remedy:

    GM will provide a replacement battery module at no cost to the customer. Owners should take the short-term actions listed below: The driver must turn on the Hill Top Reserve (for 2017 & 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (2019 models) option in their car, charge it after every usage, prevent draining the battery to its final 70 miles of range, park it outside after charging and avoid leaving it charging overnight. On September 6, 2021, owners should receive interim notification letters informing them of the safety concern. As soon as the last session has concluded, the second letter of notice will be delivered. You can get in touch with the Bolt EV Concierge Team at 1-833-382-4389. N212343880 is the reference number for the GM recall.

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 11/13/2020

    Recall Description:

    All Chevrolet Bolt EV models from 2017, 2018, and 2019 are being recalled by General Motors LLC (GM). A high voltage battery may catch fire when charged to or almost to capacity.

    Remedy:

    To limit the maximum charge to 90%, GM will notify owners and dealers to make the necessary modifications to the hybrid propulsion control module 2 (HPCM2) free of charge starting November 17, 2020. Limit the charge level to 90% by using Hill Top Reserve (for 2017 and 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (for 2019 models), or wait to park inside until the software update is finished. The definitive response is now being developed. On November 23, 2020, owners will be notified of the temporary repair. A second statement will be mailed once the last repair is finished. You can get in touch with the Bolt EV Concierge Team at 1-833-382-4389. N202311730 is the reference number for the GM recall.

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

    Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    Date Announced: 07/23/2021

    Recall Description:

    Certain 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs are recalled by General Motors LLC (GM). These vehicles were previously subject to NHTSA recall 20V-701. A high voltage battery may catch fire when charged to or almost to capacity.

    Remedy: GM will replace faulty battery modules without charge. Owners should take the short-term actions listed below:

    • The driver must turn on the Hill Top Reserve (2017 & 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (for 2019 models) option in their car
    • Charge it after every usage
    • Prevent draining the battery to its final 70 miles of range
    • Park it outside after charging
    • Avoid leaving it charging overnight

    On September 6, 2021, owners should receive interim notification letters informing them of the safety concern. After the last treatment is finished, a second letter will be sent. You can call the Bolt EV Concierge Team at 1-833-382-4389. The number for the GM recall is N212343880.

    LEMON LAW INFORMATION FOR CHEVYS

    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. For these reasons, you need an experienced lemon lawyer on your side.

    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.