A class action lawsuit against General Motors alleges that the 2020-2022 model year Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV 2022 are unsafe to drive due to battery fire risks.
This lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, pertains to a plaintiff who leased a new Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022 for $ 31,995 and a down payment of $ 6,000 and monthly lease payments of 271 in July 2021 . $ 65 agreed. A month later, in August 2021, GM released its expanded recall for the 2022 model year Chevy Bolt EV, during which the automaker advised owners not to drop their vehicles below 70 miles and not to charge the battery above 90 percent capacity. Owners have also been advised not to park their vehicles indoors or within 15 meters of any other vehicle.
Because of the recall and the associated safety restrictions, the plaintiffs were forced to “take unforeseen precautions and take precautions that impair the normal use of the vehicle,” as quoted by Car Complaints. The suit also says the vehicle’s real-world range is now 163.10 miles based on the 90 percent battery / 70 mile range restrictions, which is 62.97% of the advertised mileage. Additionally, the plaintiff says he has lost sleep and is scared because his vehicle may suddenly catch fire and would not have leased the vehicle had he known of the battery problems.
GM released a software update for the Chevy Bolt EV 2020-2022 in December. While this update allows customers to charge their vehicle indoors overnight, use the vehicle with a range of less than 70 miles, and park in it after charging, it limits the vehicle to a maximum of 80 percent of the battery charge. This software fix is temporary and will be replaced by a software version as soon as GM can replace the vehicle’s battery pack as part of the ongoing recall.
The California class action lawsuit is the second known lawsuit filed against GM over the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EV battery fires, after filing a similar lawsuit on behalf of 30 plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in December would.