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General Motors is recalling nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars worldwide because the batteries have caught fire in five of them.
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The company says it doesn’t know yet what’s causing the fires, but engineers are working around the clock to figure it out. Two people have suffered smoke inhalation due to the blazes.
The recall covers Bolts from 2017 through 2019 model years, including nearly 51,000 in the U.S.
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US OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF FIRES IN CHEVY BOLT ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Bolt Executive Chief Engineer Jesse Ortega said engineers have traced the fires to Bolts with battery cells made at an LG Chem factory in Ochang, South Korea, from May of 2016 to May of 2019. The fires have happened when the batteries were close to being fully charged, he said.
As a result, dealers will install software that limits charging to 90% of the battery’s capacity until a permanent fix is developed.