2017-2023 Chevrolet Bolt Is Subject Of Another Fire-Related Recall

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams

The Chevrolet Bolt EV hasn’t outrun its recall woes yet, it seems like.

Plagued with, and later remedied, the Chevy Bolt has been in the news after a pretty big battery recall that could have seen the vehicles catch fire if not remedied. Unfortunately, it seems like the latest Bolt EV recall, also sees the vehicles as a fire risk, albeit not related to the actual electric drive system.

Chevrolet is voluntarily recalling certain 2017 to 2023 Bolt EVs for the potential of “rare instances of front seat belt pretensioner exhaust gases coming in contact with floor carpeting fibers, after a vehicle crash,” said GM. The gasses from the explosive charge set off in an accident could catch the vehicle’s carpet on fire, and in turn, burn the car to the ground. The recall doesn’t affect the Bolt EUV, or any of the driverless Cruise autonomous vehicles, though.

So far, GM hasn’t blamed any serious injuries on the recall, but it does have three “potentially relevant field incidents” where this problem could have reared its head, but the severity of the incidents is unknown. The recall affects 140,000 Bolt EVs; about 120,000 in the U.S., and the remaining 20,000 or so in Canada.

The remedy is already available, and very simple. Chevy dealers will install a metal foil near the seatbelt pretensioner’s charge on the floor, staving off any gasses from igniting with the vehicle’s carpet. To find out if your Chevrolet Bolt EV is part of the recall, use the NHTSA’s recall tool, here.

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Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.

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