Uh oh. General Motors announced another Chevy Bolt EV recall this week, affecting 140,000 vehicles over fire risks. However, unlike the massive battery recall from prior years, this is due to the carpet potentially catching on fire.
The Chevy Bolt EV is one of the most affordable electric vehicles available and has a lot to offer. However, Bolt EV and EUV model years 2017-2023 could catch fire after a crash when a front seat belt’s pretensioner deploys.
According to GM, the exhaust gases from the seat belt pretensioner can potentially contact carpet fibers on the floor of the Bolt EV and ignite. It’s an odd recall considering seat belts are nothing new, nor is GM new to making vehicles.
GM didn’t share an incident report or declare how many (if any) fires have been reported but did confirm the recall affects 120,000 Chevy Bolt EVs in the US and 20,000 in Canada. Owners can check if their vehicle is involved on the GM recall tracker website.
Unfortunately, that’s all we know so far. GM is likely being cautious about sharing information given the history of the…
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