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GM is recalling Chevy Bolt EVs over seat belt issues that can cause fires

GM is recalling Chevy Bolt EVs over seat belt issues that can cause fires

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We’ve heard of battery fires in electric vehicles; who doesn’t have that? Windshield wipers and heated seats have both been linked to vehicle burns, but seat belts? That is new. This one suits us because of GM’s all-electric Bolt EV, which previously made headlines for old-fashioned lithium-ion-powered flame-ups. This time it’s being recalled because the seat belt pretensioners, once deployed in a crash, can ignite nearby carpet, which could be incredibly dangerous for incapacitated passengers.

This is a bit of a corner case, but one that GM feels compelled to report and address. Hey, when it comes to fire, you don’t have to tell us twice. GM’s Notice of Defects to NHTSA states that 111,242 examples of the 2027-2023 Bolt EV (but not the EUV; its seat belts use a different pre-tensioner configuration) will be recalled to install a metal foil to protect the carpet in front of the pre-tensioner exhaust, should it ever be necessary. This change has already been implemented in production and vehicles built after October 25 this year.

“This issue was submitted to GM’s Speak Up For Safety (SUFS) program on September 15, 2022 following a report of a 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV in Korea that appeared to have started a fire affecting its Origin in the lower right B-pillar area. GM launched an investigation on October 24, 2022,” the GM statement said. “GM’s investigation identified a total of three potentially relevant field incidents on the affected vehicles, in which the exhaust from a deployed seat belt pretensioner ignited carpet fibers near the B-pillar. GM received notices of these claims on May 26, 2021, August 29, 2022 and October December 2022. On December 8, 2022, GM’s Safety Field Action Decision Authority (SFADA) decided to conduct a safety recall.”

Owners should be notified of the issue by January; Expect a communication with instructions by the end of the month.

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