Chevrolet Bolt EV Recalled for New, Different Fire Risk

For more than two years, Chevrolet has worked with the Bolt EV hatchback’s electric battery pack, but a new recall affecting more than 111,200 vehicles carries a fire risk from a different, unexpected source: seat belt pretensioners.


The recall covers all model years of the Bolt EV (2017-23) but it is Not It shares its all-wheel-drive counterpart, the Bolt EUV. The problem stems from what can happen after a collision with the seat belt pretensioners deployed: the exhaust of the pretensioners may ignite carpet fibers near the B-pillar, causing a fire and increasing the risk of injury.

Unlike a battery fire recall, there is no production pause or sales stop order from Chevy automaker GM. Owners don’t have to set a minimum charge position or park outside, either. Instead, dealers will simply install foil to the carpet near the tensioner exhaust and install the tensioner cap free of charge, as necessary.

GM will begin notifying owners on January 30, 2023. Those with more questions can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 (the GM number for this recall is N222383790), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888. -327-4236, or visit to verify your own and learn more.

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