Automotive corporation General Motors on Friday announced that it is recalling nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars due to the threat of a fire in their batteries. This is stated in a statement by the company on its website.
“General Motors and Chevrolet have decided to voluntarily recall [vehicles] 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt [made] with high voltage batteries manufactured at LG Chem’s plant in Korea, which may pose a fire hazard when fully or nearly fully charged.” said in a press release.
It is noted that at the moment the manufacturer, with the participation of the US National Transportation Safety Administration, has reliably identified five cases of battery fires, three of them were identified in October. As a result of these incidents, two persons were slightly injured and some of the smoke got into their lungs.
General Motors has not yet established the cause of the fire. The Detroit News notes that 2020 vehicles are not subject to recall because their battery cells were not manufactured by LG Chem.