General Motors Recalls All Chevrolet Bolt EVs To Address Battery-Fire Risks, To Cost $1B

General Motors Recalls All Chevrolet Bolt EVs To Address Battery-Fire Risks, To Cost $1B

General Motors Company GM has said it is recalling more than 73,000 of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to the risk of their batteries catching fire. 

  • The present recall includes 9,335 Bolt EVs from the model year 2019 that were not included in the previous recall and 63,683 2020–2022 model year Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs.
  • GM will replace defective battery modules in Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs with new modules, with an expected additional cost of approximately $1 billion for the automaker.
  • In July, the company recalled nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs when it discovered a defect in the battery that powers the EV. 
  • Some Bolt EVs recalled in July were previously recalled last November to update software to address fire risks, but at least one fire occurred after the software update.
  • In the same month, GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urged Bolt owners to park their vehicles outside and away from homes after charging.
  • According to GM’s statement, the batteries supplied to GM for these vehicles may have two manufacturing defects – a torn anode tab and folded separator – present in the same battery cell, which increases the risk of fire. 
  • GM has discovered manufacturing defects in certain battery cells produced at LG Corp (KRX: 003550) manufacturing facilities. 
  • Earlier in August, LG Electronics Inc cut its second-quarter operating profit by more than a fifth to reflect costs for the GM recalls.
  • Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor Co (KRX: 005380) said it would spend $900 million to replace LG batteries in some 82,000 EVs due to fire risks.
  • GM fell 2.1% to $47.77 after Friday's close. The shares have climbed 17% so far this year, trailing Ford Motor Company’s F 43% advance.

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