GM Recalls Chevvy Bolt over Seat Belt Fire Risk

General Motors is recalling 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs in North America because the carpet could catch fire after a crash where a front seat belt pretensioner deploys.

While fire risks from BEVs involved in collisions has long been an issue, this has nothing to do with the vehicle’s battery pack, the automaker says. Reuters reports that GM said the recall covers various 2017 through 2023 model year Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles because of rare instances of heat from the front seatbelt pretensioner exhaust gases coming in contact with floor carpeting fibers, after a vehicle crash, which could cause a fire. About 120,000 US vehicles and 20,000 Canadian vehicles are involved in the recall.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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