General Motors Issues Second Battery Recall For 69,000 Chevy Bolts

General Motors issued a recall on some older Chevrolet Bolts for a second time for battery problems. The recall covers 69,000 Chevy Bolts worldwide from 2017, 2018 and part of the 2019 model year, the Associated Press reported.

The second recall was issued after two Bolts that had been fixed under the previous recall caught fire, one in Vermont and one in New Jersey. The models recalled all have batteries made by LG Chem in South Korea.

GM said that until repairs are done, owners should park their cars outdoors, limit charging to 90 percent, do not deplete batteries below 70 miles of range and do not charge them overnights.

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GM Recalls Chevy Bolt
General Motors issued a second recall on the Chevy Bolt as two cars fixed from a previous recall caught fire. The Chevrolet Bolt drives onstage during a press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 9, 2017. Geoff Robins/Getty Images

The recall is another bug in a growing global rollout of electric vehicles by all automakers to replace internal combustion vehicles to cut emissions and fight climate change. Ford, BMW and Hyundai all have recalled batteries recently. Also, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigated a series of fires in Tesla vehicles and earlier this year said the high-voltage lithium-ion batteries pose safety risks to first responders after crashes.

GM says in a statement Friday that the faulty Bolt batteries can have two rare manufacturing defects in the same cell at the same time. So GM will now replace any defective battery modules and possibly the whole battery pack.

Spokesman Dan Flores says engineers are still working around the clock on how to find the battery defect and what the repairs will be. He said GM doesn't know how long it will take to develop the fix. The number of Bolts with the defect is likely to be small, Flores said.

The previous recall announced in April didn't fully fix the problem. It was diagnostic software designed to look for battery anomalies. If one was found, GM said it would replace faulty parts.

Some 2019 Bolts and those from the 2020 and 2021 model years are not affected. Their batteries were made by LG in Holland, Michigan.

"We understand that the previous recall and this recall significantly inconvenience our customers," Flores said. "We appreciate their patience and we understand their frustration."

GM will handle customer complaints about the inconvenience and lower travel range on a case-by-case basis, he said.

The company says owners who haven't had the first recall repairs done should still take their cars to dealers to get the fixes.

The first recall came after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the fires last year. The agency said in a statement Friday that it is evaluating GM's recall repairs and the fires.

Once the final recall repairs are made, the Bolts' full range will be restored. Older Bolts can go about 238 miles (383 kilometers) per charge.

GM Recalls Chevy Bolt
In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo the Chevrolet Bolt is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. General Motors is recalling some older Chevrolet Bolts, Friday, July 23, 2021, for a second time to fix persistent battery problems that can set the electric cars ablaze. The recall covers about 69,000 Bolts worldwide from 2017, 2018 and part of the 2019 model year. GM says it's still working on repairs but it's likely battery parts will be replaced. Paul Sancya/Associated Press