Battery fire risk; 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars recalled

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Chevrolet Bolt

New York: General Motors recalls 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars. The Bolt hatchback is the 2017-19 model sold worldwide. GM said 68,667 had been recalled.

Of these, 51,000 were sold in the United States. Batteries manufactured by South Korean company LG Chem are at risk. The company found that it could catch fire when charged at more than 90 percent.

The first models of the Bolt, launched in 2017, used LG batteries. This battery was also used in the 2018 and 2019 models. Subsequent models were fitted with American-made batteries.