US Probes Chevrolet Volt Cars Over Power Loss

         

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 73,000 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars due to power loss and restart failures.

Investigation Launched into Chevrolet Volt Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the launch of an investigation into 73,000 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars due to reports of loss of power, restart failures, and other related issues. The probe is specifically focused on the 2016 through 2019 model year Chevrolet Volt.

Complaints and Issues

The NHTSA’s preliminary evaluation was initiated after receiving 61 complaints linked to the Battery Energy Control Module (BECM). Some of these complaints highlighted situations where there was little to no warning before the loss of operating power or reduced power mode occurred. General Motors (GM) had previously released a technical service bulletin addressing the potential need to replace and reprogram the BECM in cases where vehicles fail to restart. However, GM has not issued a recall for the affected vehicles. It is worth noting that GM ceased production of the Volt in early 2019.

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