A U.S. auto safety regulator said that it is opening an investigation into 73,000 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars over reports of abrupt loss of power, failures to restart, and other issues, as reported by David Shepardson for Reuters.
GM ended production of the Volt in early 2019. I Photo: Chevrolet
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated it was opening the preliminary evaluation into the 2016 through 2019 model year Chevrolet Volt after receiving 61 complaints tied to the battery energy control module (BECM).
Some complaints reported there was little to no warning before the loss of operating power or reduced power mode occurred.
General Motors had previously issued a technical service bulletin stating that if vehicles fail to restart, the BECM may need to be replaced and reprogrammed, but it has not issued a recall for the vehicles, according to NHTSA.
GM ended production of the Volt in early 2019.
GM said it was cooperating with the NHTSA investigation and believes it has "taken appropriate action to remedy customer concerns related to the battery energy control module but will continue to support the agency’s review of the matter."