Chevy Bolt Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Range

The class action claims that the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Chevy Bolt batteries cannot be fully charged.

February 23, 2021 – A class action lawsuit against Chevy Bolt alleges that owners and tenants are not getting the range they paid for because General Motors does not allow customers to fully charge their batteries.

According to the lawsuit, GM has allegedly concealed widespread defects in the 60 kWh 350 V lithium-ion batteries that are causing the Bolt cars to catch fire.

The class action lawsuit against Chevy Bolt includes all U.S. owners and tenants of 2017-2019 Bolts.

According to the Bolt lawsuit, drivers had problems with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt batteries, allegedly including a sudden inability to accelerate. The plaintiff says GM announced a customer satisfaction program for certain 2017 bolts as battery cells run on low voltages.

The automaker said it would replace the battery packs in the affected 2017 bolts, but the plaintiff says nothing was done about 2018-2019 models.

“GM did not address a possible widespread problem with the defective battery and treated affected vehicles as individualized manufacturing defects or defects. However, there was a more insidious and widespread problem.” – Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit

The GM owner who sued claims the high-voltage battery can overheat if it is almost or fully charged. An issue that GM is still trying to fix.

The Bolt lawsuit relates to a November 2020 Chevy Bolt recall of nearly 51,000 Bolt EV vehicles worldwide after at least five fires and two injuries. However, the plaintiff alleges that GM waited years for the recall. When he announced the recall, there were no repairs to keep the cars from catching fire.

2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolts owners have been directed to park outside, at least until the recalled electric cars are repaired.

However, the class action claims that the interim solution offered by GM only reprograms the bolts to charge the batteries up to 90% capacity.

The plaintiff says this means that the owner and renter did not have the same range as advertised and that bolt drivers will have to charge the batteries more often than advertised due to the reduced range.

The Bolt class action lawsuit also alleges that the cars depreciated because GM was unable to properly repair the vehicles.

The class action lawsuit against Chevy Bolt has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: Shawn Walker v General Motors LLC.

The plaintiff is represented by Keller Rohrback LLP, Markovits and Stock & DeMarco, LLC.

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