General Motors will be contacting the owners of certain Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs for two separate problems. A small number of 2022 Chevy Bolt EVs and EUVs may have been manufactured with improperly tightened or missing airbag fasteners and approximately 50,413 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EVs are at risk of a battery fire.
2022 Chevy Bolt EVs and EUVs Airbags Improperly Installed: In June 2021, a GM quality manager submitted a report to GM’s Speak Up For Safety program following reports of vehicles missing steering wheel airbag fasteners that caused the airbag cover to be poorly seated. GM determined that these vehicles were taken off-line during manufacturing and the technician did not fully complete installation of the steering wheel airbag. The issue was reviewed by GM’s Open Investigation Review and GM’s Safety Field Action Decision Authority (SFADA) decided to conduct a safety recall.
Dealers will inspect the driver airbag fasteners, replace any missing fasteners and assure that all fasteners are properly installed. If proper torque can not be achieved, the driver airbag assembly will be replaced. GM’s number for this recall is N212343880 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-560.
2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EV Battery Fire: The condition is specific to vehicles involved in NHTSA recall 20V-701. Through additional investigation, GM have now identified the cause, and are commencing a new recall to replace defective battery modules in the recall population.
The cause is the presence of two rare manufacturing defects in the same battery cell in design level N2.1 batteries produced at LG Chem’s Ochang, Korea facility. The condition appears to be aggravated by routinely charging the battery to a full or nearly full state of charge after it has been substantially depleted. The battery may overheat, emit smoke and could damage other vehicle components.
Defective battery modules will be replaced by GM, free of charge. Interim notifications are expected to be mailed September 6, 2021. A second letter will be mailed once the final remedy is available. GM’s number for this recall is N212343880 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-560.