Chevrolet announced they will begin sending out “Chevrolet Certified” window clings to Bolt EV and EUV owners to prove they’ve had battery modules replaced or the latest software installed following a recall for battery fire risk. This is an effort to help ease concerns of parking garages which many all together stopped allowing Bolts to be parked there.
Chevrolet recalled more than 140,000 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV’s between the 2017 and 2022 model years to address a fire risk with its batteries manufactured by LG, the South Korean multinational electronics company.
GM previously advised owners to park 50 feet away from other vehicles in parking garages and recommended parking on the top level of open-air parking decks due to fire risk.
Chevrolet spokesman Kevin Kelly said in a statement: “We decided to make this cling available as the result of direct feedback from our owners,”
“These clings will be available to owners who have completed the software update or battery module replacements from the dealer.”
GM announced that during investigations of LG’s manufacturing processes and the disassembly of battery packs it had discovered “manufacturing defects in certain battery cells produced at LG manufacturing facilities outside the plant in Ochang, Korea”.
The investigation uncovered two defects that could, in rare cases lead to a short circuit:
- A tab on the anode was torn
- The separator foil was folded
Both defects had to occur in the same battery cell to increase the risk of a fire.
LG to Reimburse GM
LG Electronics agreed to cover nearly all of the $2 billion cost of the automotive company’s recall of the Chevy Bolt due to a “manufacturing defect” in the company’s battery modules.
GM has confirmed 18 battery fires globally due to these battery defects, no deaths and minimal injuries.
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