General Motors on Friday said it is issuing a new recall for almost 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles (EVs) globally over fire risks following reports of two fires and will replace defective battery modules.
The latest recall comes as the automaker and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week urged Bolt owners to park their vehicles outside and away from homes after charging.
“Experts from GM and (battery maker) LG have identified the simultaneous presence of two rare manufacturing defects in the same battery cell as the root cause of battery fires in certain Chevrolet Bolt EVs,” said the automaker.
GM and LG engineers are working “to finalize all the steps of the recall repair process. That would include a potential dealer inspection process,” the automaker said, adding that it “could replace full packs or suspect modules.”