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Why should Tesla get all the bad press? People should just buy cars with gas engines, they NEVER catch fire.

I wouldn't worry, the vast majority of the general public doesn't pay any attention anyway. Most still think that TESLA builds a quality car.
 

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I'm interested in the results of the investigation of course. Faulty battery cell? Battery pan damage? Faulty wire/connection?
 

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There is a ICE battery fire every 17 minutes in the US on average. Where's that investigation?
 

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There is a ICE battery fire every 17 minutes in the US on average. Where's that investigation?
Would you like a daily list of safety recalls that are the result of fires?
They do get investigated and published, just not to the same fan fair.
My other vehicle actually has an open recall for fire risk due to a faulty power steering pump.

Ford just delayed the PHEV Escape again due to fires in the European models as well
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Does anyone know if the Bolt battery is from LG Chem? I ask because Hyundai just recalled all 77,000 EVs (worldwide) they've produced with LG Chem batteries. If it's the same battery then the Bolt investigation is probably linked.
 

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Does anyone know if the Bolt battery is from LG Chem? I ask because Hyundai just recalled all 77,000 EVs (worldwide) they've produced with LG Chem batteries. If it's the same battery then the Bolt investigation is probably linked.
Yes, LG Chem pouch cells.
 
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Not sure now, it was a while back but the National Fire Protection Association puts it at one every three minutes for 2015, the last year they have statistics.
 

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Last August I made a quick surf on the internet in response to a posting about a battery fire in an electric car. The search produced the statement:

"The National Fire Protection Association reports that a driver is 5 times more likely to experience a fire in a conventional gas-powered car than in an electric car. Federal officials are looking at this tragedy, but that report will take at least a year."

The Wikipedia article on "Plug-in electric vehicle fire incidents" states that:

"As of February 2014, four fires after an impact have been reported associated with the batteries of plug-in electric cars. The first crash related fire was reported in China in May 2012, after a high-speed car crashed into a BYD e6 taxi in Shenzhen. Two incidents occurred with the Tesla Model S in October 2013, one when a Model S caught fire after the electric car hit metal debris on a highway in Kent, Washington, and another involving a loss of control and collision with a tree in Merida, Mexico. A Tesla Model S being driven on a highway near Murfreesboro, Tennessee caught fire in November 2013 after it struck a tow hitch on the roadway, causing damage beneath the vehicle... A Mitsubishi Outlander fire in May 2019 appeared to be related to immersion in salt water (which is electrically conductive), probably for an hour or two."

whereas, from the same article:

"Fire incidents in highway capable vehicles occur relatively frequently. A study of U.S. fires from 2003-2007 finds that fire departments respond to an average of 287,000 vehicle fires per year, or 30 vehicle fires per hour, and that vehicles were involved in 17% of all reported U.S. fires. The study also finds that roughly 90 highway vehicle fires and 0.15 highway vehicle fire deaths were reported per billion miles driven."
 

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General Motors has decided to voluntarily recall select 2017-2019 model-year Chevrolet Bolt EVs with high voltage batteries produced at LG Chem’s Ochang, Korea facility that may pose a risk of fire when charged to full, or very close to full, capacity. While our investigation into this condition continues, GM has developed software that will limit vehicle charging to 90% of full capacity to mitigate this risk. Dealerships will update the vehicle’s battery software beginning on November 17th to limit the maximum state of charge to 90 percent. Our analysis indicates that this action will reduce the risk of a battery fire. We are working around the clock on our continued investigation and intend to deploy a final remedy to remove the 90% limitation as quickly as possible after the first of the year, 2021. Until customers receive the dealer software update, we are asking them to change the charge settings on their vehicle to enable either “Hilltop Reserve” (for 2017-18 model year vehicles) or “Target Charge Level” (for 2019 model year vehicles) using their vehicle’s infotainment center. Changing these settings will temporarily limit the vehicle’s state of charge to 90%. If customers are unable to successfully make these changes, or do not feel comfortable making these changes, we are asking them to not park their car in their garage or carport until after they have visited their dealer. The safety of our products is the highest priority for the entire GM team. Customers are encouraged to make an appointment at their preferred dealer for this software update. Based on our investigation:

1) We have no confirmed reports of fires related to battery cells that were not produced at LG Chem’s Ochang facility.
2) We also have no confirmed reports of fires related to battery cells produced at Ochang for model-year 2020 and 2021 Bolt EVs after continuous improvements were implemented.
3) Confirmed incidents showed a high state of battery charge at the time of the incident based on the data we recovered.

The 90% charge limit provides a margin of safety to the state of charge we have confirmed on incident vehicles. Additionally, this high state of charge correlates to a root cause under investigation. If you have any questions, or want to know if your vehicle is impacted by this, feel free to send an email with your name, VIN, and current mileage to [email protected]. We also ask that you include "ATTN: Chevrolet | [insert your user name here] | Forum" in the subject line so we know it's you.

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That's the same factory where Kia gets their battery packs. Sounds to me like there is a fundamental flaw in these packs. I hope LG Chem will being paying for this recall.
 

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For current info see GM Bolt Recall

"A team of GM engineers has made substantial progress in identifying the root cause and potential remedies for this issue. They are in the process of validating state-of-the-art software that can diagnose potential issues early and restore 100% charge capability. A final remedy for this recall is anticipated for April 2021. Until that time, if you have not already done so, we recommend scheduling a service appointment with your dealership to update the vehicle’s battery software to automatically limit the maximum state of charge to 90 percent."
 
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