Opel is now also inviting Dutch owners of the all-electric Opel Ampera-e 2019 model year to submit a report to the dealer, nu.nl reports. The automaker confirms this. Due to the risk of fire, cars from that year will be equipped with a new battery, just like old cars.
Opel Ampera-e owners can already inform the dealer to update the software. This allows any problems to be identified more quickly. In the Netherlands, about 3,400 copies of the electric Opel were sold.
The recall follows GM’s appeal in the United States, where Opel has been part of GM for many years. The company has recalled another 73,000 units of its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt to dealers worldwide. This number comes on top of 69,000 units recalled in July. In the Netherlands, that car was sold as the Opel Ampera-e.
Don’t leave inside
General Motors is warning Chevrolet Bolt owners not to park their cars indoors or near buildings. The car manufacturer also advises not to charge the battery overnight.
The latest recall includes 73,000 vehicles. In July, 69,000 vehicles were recalled after two vehicles caught fire. GM will pause selling the Bolt until the issues are resolved.
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A 2019 Chevrolet Bolt in Vermont, spontaneously caught fire.
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General Motors will replace all vehicles’ batteries. The latest setback will cost the automaker $1 billion (850 million euros), on top of the $800 million that cost the company from the previous recall.
South Korean technology company LG makes batteries for General Motors cars. That company has already lowered its earnings forecast due to the initial recall of the Chevrolet Bolt.
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