Chevrolet Bolt Recalled for Seat Belt Fire Burn and Fatality Risks
According to consumerreports.org, Chevrolet has initiated a recall of approximately 111,000 Bolt EVs. The affected Chevrolet Bolts include model years 2017 through 2023. The recall announcement states that a defective seat belt component could cause Bolts's carpet to ignite following an accident. Should the inside of a Bolt catch fire after an accident, the occupants could sustain serious burn injuries and fatalities.
According to the recall announcement, the alleged defect concerns the Chevy Bolt's seatbelt pre-tensioner. Seatbelt pretensioners use a controlled explosive charge to draw in the seatbelt during a collision. This motion helps to prevent injury. The recall alert states that when the pre-tensioner deploys, hot exhaust can catch the carpeted area on fire. So far, there have been three carpet fiber fire incidents.
Chevrolet dealerships will fix the defect by installing metal foil by the seatbelt pre-tensioner exhaust. Dealerships may also install a pre-tensioner cover. These repairs will be performed at no charge. Chevrolet will begin alerting affected owners by mail around Jan. 30, 2023. This safety recall is not related to any of Bolt's previous recalls.
Learn more about car recalls at CR's guide to recalls. The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration's campaign number is 22V930. Chevrolet's recall number is N222383790.
To see if your vehicle has a recall, visit nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your vehicle's 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if there are any open recalls. Recalls can occur in the future, so check the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration's recall web pages often or prior to purchasing a motor vehicle.
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