When Takata revealed that their airbags might send lethal shrapnel flying towards occupants, all automakers that purchased them were required to repair these components. If LGES supplied its batteries to both GM and Hyundai, why is it just the Korean automaker that is replacing the Kona EV battery packs that are catching fire? That makes a big question for General Motors when it issued its last recall for the Chevy Bolt EV, and never said an acceptable explanation. Unfortunately, it may have resulted from a fire on Tim Briglin's Bolt EV, a vehicle that had previously been subjected to what GM referred to as the "last recall."
Because GM had already given a temporary software patch when the initial fires broke out, the repair was classified as such. This update reduced maximum charging to 90% of the battery pack capacity. Another Chevy Bolt that received that interim repair caught fire in Ash-burn, Virginia on May 1, 2021. To summarize, the initial attempt to prevent the problem was ineffective. That owner witnessed his automobile burn on the same day he received the last solution warning.
Volunteer firemen in Vermont were fast to respond, and his automobile did not burn as severely as others. Regardless, the vehicle was destroyed in the fire, according to Matthew Hill, the Vermont State Police detective sergeant in charge of the investigation.
The Chevy Bolt EV fires appear to be connected to those encountered by Hyundai with the Kona Electric. They occur under comparable situations and are supplied by the same battery manufacturer. Hyundai opted to replace 75,680 battery packs in this vehicle's units.
GM stated that it is aware of the fire and that it is being investigated. The most effective solution GM has suggested so far for the Chevy Bolt EV fires is a quiet buyback scheme that it is implementing in the United States. According to rumors, GM will only agree to repurchase the vehicles in areas with stricter lemon car regulations.