Chevrolet Bolt Owners Frustrated Over Defective Batteries
The latest Chevrolet Bolt recall due to battery defects that could start a fire if the car is parked, affects about 141,000, all model year vehicles globally. This is the third recall in 2 years involving defective batteries. There have been about 12 Chevy Bolts that have caught fire while parked, though GM has not confirmed that these fires were caused specifically by the defective battery issue.
The battery manufacturer, LG Chem, continues to work on improving the safety of Chevy Bolt batteries. Chevrolet issues a statement that once the battery defects have been completely corrected, the affected vehicle owner will receive notification to bring their Chevrolet Bolt into their dealer for the fix.
In the meantime, Chevrolet recommends that all Bolt owners follow these 3 tips to avoid any potential fire risks.
- Keep the car charged to only 90%.
- Avoid depleting the battery below a range of at least 70 miles.
- Do not park the car in a garage or charge it overnight.
Some of the frustration stems from not being able to charge the battery overnight, as if you must only charge to 90% capacity, you will have to keep an eye on the vehicle to make sure the car doesn’t go beyond that point. Also, not being able to park your Bolt in the garage can be a major inconvenience for many owners as well.
Is your Chevy Bolt a newer model(2017-2022) that is still under warranty and has experienced repeated issues or problems of any kind or been out of service 30+ days? Call Georgia Lemon Law Attorneys at 404-737-3451, or submit your Chevy Bolt information to us online.
You can read about the recall by visiting the NHTSA.gov website.