Battery Fire Lawsuits for Chevy Bolt Model Years 2017, 2018, and 2019
Dedicated Class Action Attorneys Are on Your Side
Beginning in July 2020, General Motors (GM) received four claims that their award-winning 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) model was a danger on the road due to a faulty high-voltage battery pack that was alleged to have caused fires. Since then, 12 allegations of battery fires have been recorded in Chevy Bolts ranging in model years from 2017 to 2019. At least five of these claims have been confirmed as a battery-related fire, and four of these five confirmed claims occurred while the battery was well-charged.
Upon further investigation, GM found that battery packs produced in the LG Chem plant in Ochang, South Korea posed a risk of fire when charged at or near full capacity. In November 2020, GM announced a dealership recall of more than 50,000 vehicles across the United States due to the defective battery pack in question—a N2.1 high-voltage battery. GM’s temporary solution during this recall is to allow dealers to reprogram the allegedly affected battery to cap charges at 90% to reduce the chance of fire.
GM’s recall covers 50,923 vehicles of the following Chevy Bolt model years:
- All 2017 Chevy Bolt vehicles
- All 2018 Chevy Bolt vehicles
- Some 2019 Chevy Bolt vehicles
Have you experienced a fire in your 2017, 2018, or 2019 Chevy Bolt, are afraid to charge your Bolt in case of fire, or upset that your vehicle will not have the range it was represented to have? Let our team of experienced automotive class action attorneys work for you. Contact us today at (909) 345-8110!
You May Be at Risk
Owners are still at risk until they bring their vehicles to a dealer for a temporary remedy to the alleged defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating the claims of battery-related fires. The NHTSA has confirmed reports of five fires and two injuries, as well as claims that one fire “ignited a home.” According to claims, fires can still occur when parked and unplugged, so owners are encouraged to go out of their way to park their Chevy Bolts away from their homes and other buildings.
Once Bolt owners have undergone maintenance to reprogram their battery, they will experience a significant 10% decrease in driving range, which may require more frequent charging and increase the risk of running out of charge while on the road.
McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, is investigating the need to bring a class action lawsuit against GM to protect the rights of those owners who have been negatively impacted by the alleged defect and interim recall remedy.
If you are the owner of a 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt and have experienced a fire in your vehicle, or are worried your Bolt could be a danger to yourself and your family, or are upset that your vehicle’s range will be reduced, call us at (909) 345-8110 today.
We Are Here to Protect Your Rights
The Class Action attorneys of McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, are proud of their numerous successes bringing justice to consumers who have fallen victim to defective products. With a $1 billion case settlement against Toyota and a $200 million verdict against Hyundai, our experienced team is no stranger to automotive defect lawsuits and is eager to help drivers stay safe on and off the road. Our goal is to ensure every affected driver of a 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt receives what they deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with one of our Class Action attorneys or call us at (909) 345-8110 today!