Chevy Bolt EV recalled again after software issue leads to battery fires

General Motors has issued a new recall for a small subset of Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models due to a software issue related to defective battery modules that could potentially result in a battery fire. This recall affects 66 Bolt EV hatchbacks from the 2020-2022 model years and 6 Bolt EUVs from the 2022 model year. Despite no reported incidents connected to this software issue, GM has identified that the advanced diagnostic software may have been incorrectly installed and could fail to detect faulty battery modules.

### Recall Procedure and Recommendations for Affected Owners

Owners of the affected vehicles are advised to set the target charge level to 90%, avoid depleting the battery below 70 miles of range remaining, park outside after charging, and refrain from charging the vehicle indoors overnight. GM will begin notifying owners about the recall service starting around August 5, 2024. In the meantime, owners can contact 833-382-4389 with any questions they may have regarding the recall.

### Background on the 2021 Battery Recall Effort

This latest recall comes on the heels of GM’s massive 2021 battery recall effort, which eventually encompassed all 140,000 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models in North America. While this new recall pertains to the later model years, earlier model year Bolt EVs from 2017-2019 received new battery packs as part of the recall, resulting in increased driving range for those vehicles.

### Settlement and Future Plans for the Bolt EV

Owners affected by the class-action Bolt EV settlement vs. GM and LG Energy Solution may be eligible for compensation ranging from $700 to $1,400. Despite the Bolt EV ceasing production in December 2023, it remained Chevy’s top-selling EV for the first half of 2024, surpassing the Blazer EV in sales. GM CEO Mary Barra confirmed plans for the 2026 Chevy Bolt EV, set to return in 2025 as the most affordable U.S. EV.

In conclusion, the voluntary recall of a select number of Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models underscores GM’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its customers and addressing any potential concerns promptly. Owners of the affected vehicles are encouraged to follow the provided recommendations and contact GM with any questions or concerns related to the recall.

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