Chevy is recalling more than 68,000 bolts from 2017-2019 model years due to fire risk, including 50,925 in the United States, after cases of parked bolts that caught fire. Chevy offered Bolt owners a slightly complicated bandage of a solution until Chevy could offer a more permanent one.
There have been smoke inhalation injuries in two of the fires, but none in the others, five of which have been identified by GM so far, selon Automotive News. GM believes they are linked to batteries from LG Chem and made in South Korea. In all five fires, GM said the batteries were at full capacity and therefore recommended 2017, 2018 or 2019 Bolts owners to take action to limit battery capacity to 90%.
GM too has a website devoted to the issue, while the NHTSA is also involved.
Jesse Ortega, GM’s chief engineer on the Bolt, said in a video that if you have a 2017 or 2018 Bolt you should use Hilltop Reserve mode until there is a fix. For those with 2019 Bolts, Ortega says to change the target load setting to 90%. If you can’t make these changes or if you don’t feel comfortable making them, Ortega says you should park your Bolt outside of your garage and not under a carport due to the risk of damage. ‘fire.
Ortega shows you how to make the changes around 2:30 am in the following video:
GM says it will give its dealers a software update on Monday that, when installed, will automatically prevent Bolts from charging more than 90%, and that affected Bolt owners should make an appointment with their dealers to install the update. up to date.
Another software update will be available early next year, Ortega says, and GM is working “around the clock” to figure out what’s going on and release a permanent fix. This fix, which would remove the 90% reduction in battery capacity, won’t be until at least January 1, 2021.
That’s everything I imagine recalls will look more and more like as EV use increases: Fixes via software update.