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GM Recalls 68,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs Over Battery Fire Risk

General Motors (GM) announced late last week it is recalling over 68,000 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs worldwide following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation into battery fires. At this moment it is not known how many models in Canada specifically are affected.

GM has been able to identify the source of the problem, which is attributed to a batch of batteries supplied by LG Chem's Ochang, South Korea plant. Batteries can catch fire when they are at or close to maximum charge.

"As you may be aware, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation into a few reports the agency received from Chevrolet Bolt EV owners about potential fires," Chevrolet said in a message to owners that was also posted on its web site. "GM had already been investigating these reports prior to that announcement, in cooperation with NHTSA."

- Jesse Ortega, Chief Engineer, Chevrolet Electric Vehicles

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