Production of the Chevy Bolt electric vehicles has been halted after a massive recall brought on by a number of battery fires, multiple news outlets are reporting.
General Motors is waiting on new battery modules by LG that it can be confident are not defective, according to The Verge.
"We will not resume repairs or restart production until we are confident LG is producing defect free products for us," GM spokesman Daniel Flores said.
And the Detroit Free Press quoted Flores as saying: "If we took the battery stock that’s in the field right now or at a warehouse, we’re not confident that it is defect-free. Because we are not confident that LG has the capability to build defect-free products, we’ve put the repairs on hold and we are not building new Bolts. We’re not going to start recall repairs or start building new Bolts until we’re confident LG will build defect-free products."
The Free Press said there was no immediate response for a request for comments from LG.
The battery cells are built at the LG Energy Solution Michigan, Inc., facility in Holland, Michigan, according to Flores.
He said GM and LG have "hundreds of people" working 24/7 to try to determine the cause of the defective modules.
"It’s in everybody’s best interest if we speed the repairs along as best as we can," Flores said. "Both LG and GM understand the significance in what we’re doing here and we’re committed to doing the right thing for our customers.
According to The Verge, General Motors will not resume production of the 2022 Bolt and Bolt EUV until at least mid-September. Production had been stopped initially because of the global chip shortage.
Meanwhile, the Free Press reported that GM is in talks with LG about reimbursement of the $1.8 billion the auto maker is expecting the recall to cost. "Those discussions are being handled by the appropriate leaders at both companies," Flores said.
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