Chevy Bolt Class Action Lawsuit Says Cars Are Unsafe

GM lawsuit says Chevrolet Bolt gets only 62.97% of advertised mileage.

Jan 1, 2022 – A Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit alleges that the Bolt EV 2020-2022 and Bolt EUV 2022 are unsafe to drive due to the risk of fire posed by the batteries.

The General Motors Bolt class action lawsuit includes:

“Anyone who purchased the vehicles of the class in the United States or, alternatively, the state of California for personal use and not for resale during the four year period prior to the filing of the lawsuit by the date of judicial approval dated the application for class certification.”

The Chevy Bolts are reportedly unsuitable for normal use as the batteries can catch fire if the cars are fully charged or if they drop below 70 miles remaining range.

The plaintiff says customers cannot park their cars overnight because of the risk of battery fire, and the class action lawsuit alleges that GM has “done nothing to fix this problem.”

California plaintiff David Kennedy rented a Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022 for $ 31,995 in July 2021, paid a down payment of $ 6,000 and monthly lease payments of $ 271.65. The monthly leasing installments continue for 35 months.

Plaintiff says he entered into the lease on the assumption that he could safely store and operate the Bolt based on the advertised battery and mileage.

About a month after leasing the Bolt, GM announced a recall of the Chevy Bolt as the batteries could catch fire if they near a full charge. The plaintiff says he was told to limit the battery charge to 90 percent and not to let the remaining range drop below 70 miles.

The Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit also states that the plaintiff was warned not to park the car inside overnight because of the risk of a battery fire.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff believed he was leasing a safe and environmentally friendly vehicle and instead could not even fully charge the battery.

“The defendant’s warning that consumers should not charge their vehicles over 90% lowers the advertised kilometer capacity from 259 to 233.10 miles. Bearing in mind that consumers cannot allow the remaining miles on the vehicle to drop below 70 miles, the battery range drops further to 163.10 miles – that’s 62.97% of the advertised kilometers. “- Chevrolet Bolt class action lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff was forced to “take unforeseen precautions and take precautions that affect his normal and expected use of the Chevy Bolt.”

The Bolt class action lawsuit also alleges that the plaintiff suffered from constant anxiety and lost sleep due to the risk of a battery fire that could destroy his Chevy Bolt. In addition, the plaintiff argues that if he had known it had serious defects that could cause fires, he would not have rented the Bolt.

As part of the Chevy Bolt recall, GM will replace the batteries as soon as replacement batteries are available.

The class action lawsuit against Chevy Bolt has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: David Kennedy, v. General Motors Company, et al.

The plaintiff is represented by the law firm Clarkson, PC has more information about actions related to the Chevy Bolt battery fires.

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