DETROIT– General Motors is expanding its Chevrolet Bolt recall to include all model years, including the new 2022 Bolt EUV and the redesigned 2022 Bolt EV.
The automaker will spend about $1 billion on the recall, on top of the $800 million it spent last quarter. Dealers are not permitted to sell the Bolts until they have applied the recall repair, which varies by model year.
“Our focus on safety and doing the right thing for our customers guides every decision we make at GM,” Doug Parks, GM executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain, said in a statement Friday. “As leaders in the transition to an all-electric future, we know that building and maintaining trust is critical. GM customers can be confident in our commitment to taking the steps to ensure the safety of these vehicles.”
The new recall includes 9,335 Bolt EVs from the 2019 model year that were not included in the previous recall (6,989 were sold in the U.S.) and 63,683 Bolt EVs and EUVs from the 2020-22 model years (52,403 were sold in the U.S.).
Batteries manufactured by LG and supplied to GM may have two manufacturing defects, a torn anode fab and a folded separator, in the same battery cell, which increases the risk of a fire, GM said. The defects have caused at least nine GM-confirmed fires.
GM will replace all modules in the 2017-2019 models, but only defective modules in the 2020-2022 Bolts.
Batteries with the new modules will come with an 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty, GM said.
FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group’s top three brands have pointed to an ongoing shortage of automotive chips that could intensify in the coming months, highlighting the industry’s difficulty in tackling the issue.
“Although there are signs that the supply bottlenecks for semiconductors are beginning to ease, we expect a very challenging third quarter from a supply perspective,” said Alexander Seitz, CFO of VW’s namesake brand.
VW said on Thursday that lost production due to the crisis, which started to hit the automotive industry at the end of 2020, currently stood at a high six digit number of vehicles.
Volkswagen still managed to produce record profits for the first half of 2021, favoring high-margin Porsches and Audis in its allocation of chips, a key component in modern vehicles.
“In spite of all this success, we are well advised to keep both feet on the ground,” Porsche CFO Lutz Meschke said. “Because regardless of the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic, the continuing tense situation on the semiconductor market could become noticeable in the third quarter.”
VW, which has been hit by the bottleneck along with rivals Daimler, BMW, GM and Ford, on Thursday said it had managed the situation quite well, but also highlighted “some impact” in the third quarter to September.
Audi, Volkswagen’s biggest profit contributor, on Friday said there were signs that the months ahead would be marked by a critical supply situation.
“Audi continues to work intensely on counter-measures, but in view of the continuing shortage it is not expected to be possible to compensate in full in the course of the year for lost production,” it said.
Some are hesitant to use public transportation during the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what transportation officials are doing to help reduce risk.
DENVER – Sisters Trinity and Kiki Williams looked around the crowded bus stop as the #15 bus rumbled down Colfax Avenue toward them.
The bus looked to be about half full, the driver wearing a bandanna stretched across his nose and mouth to comply with government recommendations intended to help slow the spread of coronavirus. But among the awaiting passengers, only one wore a face covering.
“I’m damn nervous,” said Kiki Williams, 19. “There’s too many of us.”
For protection, the women, who are African American, wore blue rubber gloves but no masks. “We forgot them at home,” said Trinity Williams, 18.
Like millions of Americans, the Williams sisters depend on public transit at a time when health officials have told Americans to stay 6 feet apart and recommended that they wear face masks in public.
“It’s the only transportation we’ve got right now,” said Trinity Williams, whose car broke down and won’t be repaired for weeks.
While transit ridership has dropped dramatically across the country during the coronavirus outbreak, millions of Americans are still riding public buses and trains, putting themselves and anyone they encounter at risk as they commute to work, go to the grocery store, visit the doctor, or, like the Williams sisters, travel to see family.
A passenger loads his bike onto an RTD bus in Denver before boarding during the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)
Experts say most of the people who have stopped riding are white-collar workers who can work from home and who tend to be white, leaving many of the country’s poorest workers, who are disproportionately people of color, with no other choice but to pack into a small space designed to carry lots of people. In New York City, at least 41 transit workers have died from coronavirus infections, far more than police officers and firefighters.
“As always, higher-income households have more choices,” said Evelyn Blumenberg, director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and an urban planning professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairswho studies how urban structures affect low-wage workers. “For low-income workers who have to take transit, they’re in a confined place, in close proximity to other people. Their problems are compounded. They have no other option.”
Statistics collected by the app developer Transit suggest white riders have largely abandoned buses and trains: A survey of 15,000 of the company’s U.S. users revealed that only 22% of people using transit right now are white, compared to 40% normally. Transit is one of the most popular navigation apps for iPhones and Android phones, with millions of active users across the United States and Canada.
Preliminary data from states such as New York, Colorado and Michigan suggests African Americans and other minorities are dying from coronavirus-related complications at a much higher rate than their white counterparts, in