GM recalls Bolt EV, causing Michigan plant to suspend production until November 1

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Vermont police released this photo of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which caught fire in the driveway of Democrat Rep. Timothy Briglin on July 1, 2021.

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Detroit-General Motors recalls the Chevrolet Bolt electric car and continues to suspend production of the car.

Since August 23, the company has stopped production at a factory in Michigan in order to focus on manufacturing battery modules required for the recall of electric vehicles. The company said on Wednesday that it will extend the downtime of Bolt at its Orion assembly plant in suburban Detroit by another two weeks, until November 1.

Manufacturing defects caused at least 13 Bolts (the company’s flagship mainstream electric vehicles) to catch fire spontaneously, causing General Motors to recall every electric vehicle since it began production in 2016.

Manufacturing problems occurred at LG Battery Solution’s factories in South Korea and Michigan. General Motors stated that the “rare manufacturing defects” in the Bolt EV are torn anode sheets and folded separators, which increase the risk of fire when they appear in the same battery.

Earlier this month, LG Chem, the automaker’s battery supplier, began supplying battery pack replacement modules for more than 140,000 Bolt electric vehicles.

General Motors announced on Tuesday that the automaker and LG have reached an agreement under which battery suppliers will reimburse the automaker for recall costs. As a result of the agreement, GM will confirm that the expected recovery in the third quarter will offset $1.9 billion of the $2 billion in expenses related to the recall.

In addition, General Motors said on Wednesday that due to the global semiconductor shortage, the production of the Chevrolet Equinox assembled in Ramos, Mexico will require another three weeks of downtime by the week of November 15.

Since August 16, the production of Equinox in Mexico has been declining, and the assembly of the Chevrolet Blazer produced at the plant is expected to restart next week.

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