2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EV recall

Discussion in 'Bolt EV' started by Domenick, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

  2. Spoonman.

    Spoonman. New Member

    So, I guess we are in the same boat as the Kona owners now. Fun!
  3. ericy

    ericy Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear.
  4. Carolyn O

    Carolyn O New Member


    Is this recall related to the "First Design Battery" problem?

    I post the WebAuto video here posting the concern over the "First Design Battery". Go here to see this video (go to minutes 2:40 to 5:16)

    I got the recall notice (NHTSA Recall #20v701 and manufacturer Recall# N202311730). I also determined that I have a "First Design Battery" by the VIN number, according to the video above.

    I am at the Chevy dealer right now for a "reprogram the hybrid propulsion control model". I received the recall notice in my email.
  5. Spoonman.

    Spoonman. New Member

    Interestingly, my 2019's VIN still isn't flagged with the recall on the NHTSA website. I may have one of the first Michigan-built batteries that don't have this issue.
  6. Carolyn O

    Carolyn O New Member

    I have a 2017 Bolt: I think the problem batteries were built in S Korea and called "first design" batteries. After the VIN split breakpoint, I believe the batteries were made in Michigan and called "second design" batteries. So I am thinking that maybe this recall applies to the "first design" batteries???

    The VIN number split was given by a video at the WeberAuto Youtube Channel at
    (VIN# Breakpoint 1G1FX6S06H4163254)
  7. Spoonman.

    Spoonman. New Member

    Interesting, because mine is 1G1FZ6S04K4131128, before that split point (if they're in any way sequential) and yet it doesn't show any recalls.

    From looking things up it appears that the original fifth character in the VIN was split between X and W, yet mine is Z. I haven't found a good Bolt VIN decoder.
  8. Brian Carraher

    Brian Carraher New Member

    I took my 2017 Bolt into the dealer for the recall update yesterday. I had previously been using hilltop reserve which charged to 87% capacity. Now the hilltop reserve option has been eliminated and when fully charged it now shows 95%. Waiting to hear what others experiences are with the update.
  9. Carolyn O

    Carolyn O New Member

    What year is your Bolt? Mine is a 2017 and I think this VIN# applies to 2017's right?
  10. Spoonman.

    Spoonman. New Member

    Mine's a 2019 but I think every 2017 is included so the VIN split shouldn't apply.
  11. Carolyn O

    Carolyn O New Member

    Consider that Jesse Ortega (GM's Executive Chief Engineer) said that the recall applies to "certain 2017's through 2019's Chevy Bolts."--notice the word "certain"...not all. His video is on YouTube at

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