General Motors said on Thursday it will expand a shutdown of a Michigan assembly plant to mid-October in the fallout of another recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles over battery issues after 10 announced fires.
The biggest U.S. automaker said the expansion of the production halt at its Orion Assembly plant will go through basically Oct. 15. GM additionally said it was cutting production at six other North American assembly plants as a result of the continuous semiconductor chips shortage.
GM said it won’t continue Bolt production or sales until it is fulfilled that the recall remedy will address the fire risk issue.
GM in August broadened its recall of the Bolt to in excess of 140,000 vehicles to supplant battery modules, at an expense currently estimated at $1.8 billion. The automaker said it would look for reimbursement from battery supplier LG.
It isn’t clear what amount of time it will require for GM to get replacement battery modules for recalled vehicles and regardless of whether it will have diagnostic software that will permit it to certify a few modules needn’t bother with supplanting.
GM said three extra week production halt at its plant in southeast Michigan where it constructs the Bolt comes as it proceeds “to work with our supplier to update manufacturing processes.”
Recently GM had to halt production at the greater part of its North American assembly plants briefly in view of the chips shortage.
The new production cuts incorporate a Lansing plant that forms the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave.
GM is additionally cutting production at plants in Mexico and Canada where it fabricates SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox, Blazer and GMC Terrain. It will likewise make further production cuts at Michigan and Kansas plants that make cars, including the Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu.