Chevrolet Recalling 140,000 Bolt EVs Over Fire Risk

Another flaw in the Chevrolet Bolt is the subject of a recall and is said to be a fire danger. But this time, the battery has nothing to do with anything. The automaker’s current worries center on seat belt pre-tensioners and hot exhaust gas venting, which may set the inside carpet on fire. In response, 140,000 Bolt models built for the North American market will be recalled by General Motors.

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Chevy clarified that the recall only applies to the Bolt EV and that it only affects particular vehicles from the 2017 to 2023 model years, likely saving the EUV crossover from the embarrassment of a second recall. Due to a recall due to a fire, the business requested that practically every single Bolt owner bring their EVs in for battery replacement in 2021. People’s faith in battery technology was damaged by the incident, which also lost the company billions of dollars.

This new recall has a lot more affordable repair and is currently less in scope. For some vehicles, General Motors stated it would install coverings, and for all Bolt models, it would add a piece of metal foil to prevent hot vapors from the pretensioner from burning the carpet edge. Despite the fact that it sounds like a chewing-gum fix for a problem that sounds like it may be exceedingly hazardous to residents.

Since seatbelt pretensioners only engage when an accident is near to help restrain passengers in advance of the impact, having a device that poses a significant risk of cabin fire feels extremely dangerous. People would already be confused or rendered helpless from the initial accident, making it far more challenging to get out of a burning car. It appears that replacing the current carpet with something more flame-resistant or just altering the tensioners to exhaust gases in a safer way would be a better option.

GM has reportedly stated that it feels the fire risk is relatively unusual and has only been able to locate three cases of fires that may have been started by the issue, according to CBS News. It’s possible that this is the case, and the alleged pretensioner fires were a genuine fluke. However, you wouldn’t want to leave it alone until it becomes a significant controversy and widespread public outcry necessitates more stringent (read: pricey) recall procedures. The Bolt has already cost GM a fortune to build and then repair, so it’s probable that they don’t want to fuss with it any further than is strictly required.

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