General Motors on Thursday said it would extend the shutdown of the Michigan Assembly Plant until mid-October, following the recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles on battery issues after 10 fires.
The largest US automaker said the expansion of its production facility at its Orion assembly plant would take place at least until October 15. GM has said it will cut production at six other North American assembly plants due to a shortage of semiconductor chips.
GM said the bolt will not resume production or sales until it is satisfied that the recovery solution solves the fire hazard problem.
In August, GM expanded the recall of its bolt to replace battery modules for more than 140,000 vehicles, the cost of which is now estimated at $ 1.8 billion. The automaker said it would seek reimbursement from battery supplier LG.
It is not clear whether GM has long been able to obtain replacement battery modules for recovered vehicles and diagnostic software that allows certain modules to be replaced.
GM has shut down production for an additional three weeks at its plant in southeastern Michigan, which will build Bolt because it will continue to “work with our suppliers to update manufacturing processes.”
Earlier this month, GM was forced to suspend production at its North American assembly plants due to a shortage of chips.
New production cuts include the Lansing plant that builds the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave.
GM is cutting production at plants in Mexico and Canada, where it builds SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox, Blazer and GMC Terrain. It will cut further production at its Michigan and Kansas plants, including the Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu.