Best or Bad? Chevrolet Bolt EV Recalled 140,000 Cars from market

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Fire risk is causing General Motors to recall 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle electric cars.

According to Reuters, General Motors has recalled 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles (EVs) because “the carpet could catch fire after a crash where the front seat belt pretensioner deploys.” About 120,000 US cars and 20,000 Canadian cars are included in the recall. From 2017 to 2023, Chevrolet Bolt EV will be affected Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The announcement to owners and media outlets was made on Tuesday, but no public announcement has yet been made. In a statement, they did not report how many fire incidents have occurred due to the recall, only categorizing them as “rare occurrences.”

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet bolt ev launched its first electric vehicle in 2016, the Bolt. It is not GM’s only EV anymore, but it is considered one of the most affordable EVs on the market at around $25,000. In 2021, GM issued a massive recall telling owners to bring their Bolts in for a battery replacement due to a fire hazard. Bolt production was halted until April due to the recall.

Why is the Chevrolet Bolt EV being recalled?

Seatbelt pre-tensioners, which tighten the seat belt during a collision, can cause a fire in the bolts when exhaust gases contact carpet fibres after a crash. Fire danger was rare, but GM decided to prevent incidents by taking action.

Rather than replacing the pretensions, GM is asking owners to install metal foil along the carpet near the pre-tensioner exhaust to shield it and eliminate the possibility of ignition. According to USA Today, some vehicles will get pre-tensioner covers Chevrolet Bolt EV.

You can check on GM’s website or use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s tool to see if your Bolt was affected by the recall. If affected by the recall, GM will notify owners in January. Please get in touch with Chevy Customer Service at 1-800-222-1020 if you have any questions. N222383790 is the GM recall number.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO – Chevrolet Bolt EV

As we continue to build battery replacement modules, Chevrolet has informed all Bolt EV and Bolt EUV owners in the recall population (2017-2022MY Chevrolet Bolt EVs and Bolt SUVs) of a software update that will enable owners to remove the parking and overnight charging restrictions on their vehicles. Schedule an appointment with your preferred Chevrolet dealer to install the software while you wait for your replacement appointment.

They are very small explosive charges that detonate in a crash to cinch up a seatbelt, preventing your neck from curling. The pertinent information is that explosions like these can create hot gas, and hot gas often doesn’t pair well with flammable materials like carpets Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Ironically, a safety device may cause a fire, but that’s life sometimes. Fortunately, a fix has already been devised, and it’s much simpler than you think. The pretensioner and carpet will be separated by foil, according to GM. Foil, yes. Foil is a highly effective insulator in OEM and motorsport applications, so it seems reasonable. Additionally, GM will install pre-tensioner covers on several cars, which is a relatively minor addition.

It’s a fairly standard and mundane recall. I’m sure GM was sick of seeing the Bolt EV’s name in headlines beside the word “fire.” Nonetheless, the Bolt EV remains an excellent car. It has been awarded multiple awards, including “EV of the Year” at Electrek, a site traditionally associated with hardcore Tesla fans (and tough crowds).

Therefore, if you own a Chevrolet Bolt between 2017 and 2023, expect a letter from GM telling you to schedule a free repair. Owner notification will take place on January 30, so it will be soon that this issue can be patched over. You don’t have to worry if you own a Chevrolet Bolt EUV. This recall doesn’t apply to these cars.

Chevrolet has recalled its Bolt for 2 years now. In mid-2022, Chevrolet and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that well over half of the batteries on 2017 to 2019 models had been replaced, but progress on newer models had been slower.

Chevy Bolt Range After Battery Replacement 

Battery-replaced bolts offer, on average, 14 miles more range than those without batteries. On average, bolts with batteries replaced get 27 miles more range than before.

Since most of the Bolts serviced are older (with a lower range and more degradation), these two numbers need to align. Using only the 2017 to 2021 model years prevented false positives in those 2022 recall percentages.

Dealer lots have been piled high with used Bolts over the last week due to buyer uncertainty over the recalls. However, a used Chevy Bolt with a brand new battery in 2021 is great. In Scott Case’s words, the odometer appears to have been reset to zero.

Bolt range increases after recall – Chevrolet Bolt EV

More than a year after the original problem was announced, Bolt drivers are finally getting their high-voltage batteries replaced. Replacement work began in October, and the pace picked up in December. 

Given that we have range prediction data for so many Bolts, comparing the predicted range of vehicles with and without battery replacements would be interesting. A 10% increase in range was found in vehicles with their batteries swapped, with an average prediction of 235 miles.

Another comparison we made was between the range estimates before and after the bolt replacement. A new high-voltage battery increased the average range estimate by 27 miles or 13%. 

A full battery pack replacement is rare, but it shows that Chevrolet Bolt EV performance may not be affected by a vehicle’s age or odometer. 

Domino’s should wait on the 800 chevrolet Bolt EV it recently ordered for pizza deliveries. Chevy’s long-running EV has been recalled once again.

The recall affects 120,000 Chevrolet Bolt EV in the United States and 20,000 in Canada, covering models manufactured between 2017 and 2023. The General Motors Company has not disclosed how many incidents of the Bolt’s floor carpets catching fire have been reported, only declaring that this has occurred in “rare instances.”

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