WASHINGTON — A U.S. auto security regulator mentioned on Friday it’s opening an investigation into 73,000 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid automobiles over reviews of abrupt lack of energy, failures to restart and different points.
The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration mentioned it was opening the preliminary analysis into the 2016 by means of 2019 mannequin 12 months Chevrolet Volt after 61 complaints tied to the Battery Vitality Management Module (BECM). Some complaints reported there was little to no warning earlier than the lack of working energy or decreased energy mode occurred.
Common Motors beforehand issued a technical service bulletin saying if autos fail to restart, the BECM could must be changed and reprogrammed however has not recalled autos, NHTSA mentioned. GM ended manufacturing of the Volt in early 2019.
GM didn’t instantly remark.
NHTSA mentioned the difficulty could pose a security threat if autos can not transfer with the move of surrounding visitors and is extra critical relying on a stalled automobile’s means to restart.
Some homeowners have instructed NHTSA they’ve waited months or been unable to get alternative battery modules after experiencing the difficulty.
An proprietor in Los Angeles mentioned the Volt “immediately, and unexpectedly misplaced propulsion whereas driving. The automobile is now not in a position to activate or drive.”
One other proprietor reported the Volt wouldn’t drive greater than over 35 miles per hour on the freeway “and it stops driving on electrical energy randomly.”