Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit says cars aren’t safe

GM’s lawsuit says Chevrolet Bolt only gets 62.97% of advertised mileage.

– Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit alleges the 2020-2022 Bolt EV and 2022 Bolt EUV are not safe to drive due to the risk of battery fire.

The General Motors Bolt class action lawsuit includes:

“All persons who purchased the group’s vehicles in the United States or, failing that, the State of California, for personal use and not for resale during the period of four years prior to the filing of the complaint until the date of approval by the court of the request for collective certification.

Chevy Bolts would not be suitable for normal use, as the batteries can catch fire when cars are fully charged or if they drop below 70 miles of range remaining.

The plaintiff claims that customers cannot park their cars indoors overnight due to a risk of battery fire, and the class action alleges that GM “has done nothing to address this problem. Simply put, the defendant prioritizes profits over the health and safety of consumers. “

California plaintiff David Kennedy leased a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV in July 2021 for $ 31,995, making a down payment of $ 6,000 and monthly lease payments of $ 271.65. Monthly rental payments will continue for 35 months.

Plaintiff says he entered into the rental agreement on the assumption that he would be able to store and use the Bolt safely based on the advertised battery and mileage capacity.

About a month after leasing the Bolt, GM announced a Chevy Bolt recall because the batteries could catch fire when nearly fully charged. The complainant says he was told to limit the battery charge to 90% and not let the remaining range drop below 70 miles.

The Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit also states that the plaintiff was warned not to park the car indoors overnight due to a risk of battery fire.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff believed he was renting a safe vehicle that would be environmentally friendly and instead he couldn’t even charge the battery to full capacity.

“The defendant’s warning that consumers should not load vehicles above 90% increases the advertised mileage capacity from 259 to 233.10 miles. Considering the fact that consumers cannot allow the remaining kilometers on the vehicle to fall below 70 miles, the battery range falls further to 163.10 miles. miles – that is, 62.97% of the reported mileage. “- Chevrolet Bolt Class Action

The lawsuit alleges that the complainant was forced to make “unforeseen accommodations and take precautions that interfere” with his normal and expected use of the Chevy Bolt.

The Bolt class action further alleges that the plaintiff suffered from constant anxiety and lost sleep due to the risk of a battery fire that could destroy his Chevy Bolt. In addition, the plaintiff submits that he would not have rented the Bolt if he had known that it had serious defects that could cause fires.

As part of the Chevy Bolt recall, GM will replace batteries once replacement batteries become available.

The Chevy Bolt class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: David Kennedy, c. General Motors Company, et al.

The plaintiff is represented by the Clarkson Law Firm, PC has more details on the actions regarding the Chevy Bolt battery fires.

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