A little more than a year after GM recalled every Chevrolet Bolt EV ever made for an increased battery fire risk, the maligned electric hatchback needs to go back to the shop for a seat belt problem that can trigger a fire.
The recall, confirmed by GM Tuesday, covers 140,000 Bolt EV hatchbacks produced from 2017 to 2023. Of the recall population, 119,950 Bolts are in the U.S. The recall does not include the larger Bolt EUV that launched in 2022, nor does it include any of the Bolts made for GM’s autonomous driving division, Cruise.
The seat belt issue arises in cases of a crash. Exhaust gases from the seat belt pretensioners can contact the carpet fibers and trigger a fire. GM said it is aware of three known fires attributable to the problem. A seat belt pretensioner has sensors that detect a crash and pull the seat belt back before impact to get the passenger into a safer seating position, and also to slow the passenger’s speed.
GM dealers will fix the issue by applying metal foil along the carpet near the pretensioner, and some Bolts will get a cover on the pretensioner. The issue has not yet been reported on the NHTSA.gov, instead originating through Canada’s motor vehicle safety agency, Transport Canada.
In August of last year, GM expanded its recall of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV to encompass every vehicle made since it launched for 2017 because a defective battery pack could catch fire. GM advised owners to park outside away from other structures, but after it replaced defective battery modules in some of the recalled vehicles, the problem happened again—until it was found to be related to two different manufacturing defects.
Aside from a brief restart in mid-November 2021, production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV was stopped from August of last year to April of this year, just as many more electric vehicles came to market and GM rolled out its Ultium battery propulsion strategy for larger EVs.
In June, GM made the unusual move of slashing the price on the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt as other electric automakers ranging from Ford to Tesla had successive price hikes on their electric vehicles. At $26,595, the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt was the most affordable electric car.
For more info on the current Chevy Bolt EV recall, visit the Chevrolet Bolt recall page or call Chevy EV Concierge at 1-833-EVCHEVY.