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Title    Chevy Bolt Owners Must Choose Between Rebates and Battery Defect Lawsuits
Date    Friday August 05, @06:26AM
Author    hubie
Topic   
from the bolt-from-this-company dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=22/08/04/041225

upstart writes:

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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Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "Your EV discount might carry a steep legal cost" - https://www.engadget.com/chevy-bolt-ev-rebate-battery-lawsuit-waiver-192335723.html
  3. "Bolt EV" - https://www.engadget.com/chevys-2022-bolt-ev-redesign-comes-with-an-entirely-new-model-210004893.html
  4. "2023 model price drop" - https://www.engadget.com/gm-2023-chevy-bolt-ev-euv-price-cut-193132395.html
  5. "Jalopnik" - https://jalopnik.com/chevy-offers-bolt-owners-6-000-to-waive-right-to-sue-o-1849357351
  6. "Autoblog" - https://www.autoblog.com/2022/08/02/chevy-bolt-battery-fire-rebate-fine-print/
  7. "Bolt's reported battery defect" - https://www.engadget.com/gm-chevy-bolt-ev-recall-battery-replacement-155343570.html
  8. "first recalled" - https://www.engadget.com/gm-recalls-chevy-bolt-over-battery-fire-reports-230044311.html
  9. "warn against parking indoors" - https://www.engadget.com/gm-chevy-bolt-fire-warning-215322969.html
  10. "replaced the battery packs" - https://www.engadget.com/gm-recalls-bolt-evs-once-again-over-fire-risks-154033780.html
  11. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=56272

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