GM's recall of EV Bolt over fires sidelines production at Michigan plant until Nov. 1

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The Vermont State Police released this photograph of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV that caught occurrence connected July 1, 2021 successful the driveway of authorities Rep. Timothy Briglin, a Democrat.

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DETROIT – General Motors' callback of Chevrolet Bolt EVs are continuing to sideline accumulation of the car.

The institution has idled manufacturing astatine a Michigan works since Aug. 23 truthful it tin absorption connected gathering artillery modules needed for the recalled vehicles. The institution said Wednesday that it's extending downtime connected the Bolt astatine the Orion Assembly works successful suburban Detroit by 2 much weeks to Nov. 1.

Manufacturing defects person caused astatine slightest 13 Bolts – the company's flagship mainstream EV – to spontaneously drawback fire, starring GM to callback each 1 of the electrical cars since accumulation began successful 2016.

The manufacturing problems occurred astatine LG Battery Solution's plants successful South Korea and Michigan. The "rare manufacturing defects" successful the Bolt EVs are a torn anode tab and folded separator that erstwhile contiguous successful the aforesaid artillery compartment summation the hazard of fire, according to GM.

The automaker's artillery supplier, LG Chem, started shipping replacement modules for artillery packs for much than 140,000 Bolt EVs earlier this month.

GM connected Tuesday announced the automaker and LG person reached an statement for the artillery supplier to reimburse the automaker for the callback costs. As a effect of the agreement, GM volition admit an estimated betterment successful the third-quarter that volition offset $1.9 cardinal of $2.0 cardinal successful charges associated with the recalls.

Separately, GM connected Wednesday said accumulation of Chevrolet Equinox astatine Ramos Assembly successful Mexico volition instrumentality an further 3 weeks of downtime owed to the planetary shortage of semiconductors done the week of Nov. 15.

Production of Chevrolet Equinox successful Mexico has been down since Aug. 16, portion assembly of the Chevrolet Blazer that's produced astatine the works is expected to restart adjacent week.