General Motors is conducting a voluntary recall on some Chevrolet Bolt EV model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) documents, 111,242 electric hatchbacks need to return to the dealers to have some parts fixed and installed in order to avoid a fire risk involving seat belts.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV’s seat belt pretensioners have a design flaw that, according to GM’s investigation, could result in a fire near the B-pillar area if they deploy during a collision. “In certain crashes that cause the front seatbelt pretensioners to deploy, the exhaust from the deployed pretensioner may ignite fibres in the floor carpet near the B-pillar,” the document stated.
Dealers will put metal foil on the carpet close to the pretensioner exhaust in the Chevrolet Bolt EV to fix the problem. A pretensioner cover must also be installed on some vehicles. These extra components ought to stop the aforementioned carpet material ignition. These services will be provided without charge as usual.
Model years 2017 to 2023 Chevrolet Bold EVs, produced between July 26, 2016, and October 25, 2022, are the units that GM identified as being affected. Observe that this voluntary safety recall does not apply to Chevrolet Bolt EUV models because they have a different design.
The Chevrolet Bolt has been recalled previously. The Bolt EV and Bolt EUV’s battery packs were replaced earlier this year due to a potential fire hazard.
The majority of the cost of the replacement battery packs was covered by LG Chem, the battery packs’ supplier. In order to pinpoint the problem’s root cause—possibly a broken anode tab or a folded separator—the company also collaborated with GM.
Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV vehicles built in April and later already have fixed battery packs installed.