General Motors Co. is recalling its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to limit the battery’s charging capacity, becoming the latest auto maker to fix its plug-in models because of fires related to the lithium-ion batteries.
The measure covers nearly 69,000 Bolts from the 2017-2019 model years, including about 51,000 sold in the U.S. GM said it was aware of five fires involving the cars so far, which resulted in two injuries from smoke inhalation.
Bolt owners shouldn’t park their cars in their garages before bringing their vehicles to dealerships to limit the batteries’ charging capacity to 90% until a permanent fix can be found, the company said. The auto maker is still investigating the defect’s root cause but has found that the batteries were at or near fully charged in each of the fires so far, it said.
Safety is GM’s highest priority, and the company is cooperating with federal regulators while also performing its own investigation, said Jesse Ortega, the Bolt’s executive chief engineer on a call with reporters Friday.
Auto makers have been rolling out new plug-in models as the industry looks to accelerate its shift from gasoline-powered vehicles toward battery-powered ones.