Chevrolet Bolt EUV Portable Charging Cord Recalled Over Electrical Shock Risk

Slightly more practical than its brother, the Bolt EUV has been hit with a recall. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that no fewer than 9,423 vehicles produced for the 2022 and 2023 model years feature portable charging cords that contain incorrect software. What kind of problem is that?
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As it happens, these cords may fail to discontinue charging if the ground connection is lost. According to General Motors, the owner could experience an electric shock for 25 milliseconds. The biggest automaker of the Big Three in Detroit identified this issue on March 8 during an audit. A quality engineer discovered an incorrect combination of hardware and software used in the production of the factory-supplied portable charging cord of the Bolt EUV.

The concern was reported to the safety boffins through the Speak Up For Safety program. SUFS was created in 2014, bang in the middle of the ignition switch fiasco that resulted in the recall of millions over millions of General Motors vehicles.

Turning our attention back to the Bolt EUV's portable charging cord, the Detroit-based automaker manufactured no fewer than 10,825 vehicles with suspect cords. Of those, the aforementioned 9,423 were sold to customers in the United States of America. Bearing part number 24044913, the iffy cords were produced by Webasto in the period between May 14, 2022 and May 16, 2022.

Rather than updating the software, dealers have been instructed to replace the portable charging cord at no cost to the customers. Bolt EUVs produced after September 22, 2022 were supplied with portable charging cords featuring updated software. In the meantime, owners are recommended to contact their GM dealer or run the VIN on the NHTSA's website to find out if their vehicles are indeed recalled.

The Bolt EUV will be discontinued after the 2023 model year. General Motors also pulled the plug on the Bolt EV, yet it's coming back with Ultium hardware and Ultifi software. It's not clear whether the second generation will switch to the BEV3 platform of the Equinox EV or feature an updated BEV2 platform. To whom it may concern, BEV1 was the Spark EV, and BEV0 was the GM EV1.

At press time, you can get your hands on a Bolt EUV at $27,800 (excluding the destination freight charge). Chevrolet lists the small hatchback with an EPA-estimated driving range of up to 247 miles, which is 398 kilometers if you prefer metric units.

The online configurator shows four available trims: LT, LT Redline, Premier, and Premier Redline. The Redline is better described as a visual package that spruces up the Bolt EUV with black wheels featuring red accents, mirror caps with red accent decals, plus black and red badging. All four trims deliver 266 pound-feet (360 Nm) of near instant torque, resulting in 7.0 seconds flat from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph).
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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