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posted by hubie on Friday August 05, @06:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the bolt-from-this-company dept.

Your EV discount might carry a steep legal cost:

Chevy offered rebates to Bolt EV owners who bought their cars just before a 2023 model price drop, but that discount comes with a large catch. Jalopnik and Autoblog note the rebate application requires that drivers "forever waive and release" their right to sue GM or LG over the Bolt's reported battery defect. You'd have to be content with the savings even if the car did serious damage, in other words. GM confirmed the agreement language with Engadget.

GM first recalled the Bolt in November 2020 after reports of battery fires between 2017 and 2019. The automaker tried addressing the issue with a software update in April 2021, but two subsequent fires and a second recall led the NHTSA to warn against parking indoors. That prompted a July 2021 recall where GM replaced the battery packs. The brand eventually recalled all manufactured Bolts, pledged an additional $1 billion for battery replacements and offered an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on substitute batteries.

Toasty!


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Reziac on Saturday August 06, @02:54AM (2 children)

    by Reziac (2489) on Saturday August 06, @02:54AM (#1265209) Homepage

    I wonder if they've just opened themselves up to some other sort of lawsuit, such as wrongful death in the event that the car burns down your house, with you in it.

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  • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Sunday August 07, @08:38AM (1 child)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Sunday August 07, @08:38AM (#1265399)

    "Wrongful death"? Is that really a thing?

    I have to ask, what would a "rightful death" be in comparison? I mean, aside of the board along with the lawyers of Chevy perishing in a plane crash.