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GM Temporarily Halts Bolt Production

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August 27, 2021—Following a $1.8 billion recall due to fire hazards, General Motors announced Thursday it will close down the plant that produces the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV through Sept. 6.

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, The Orion Assembly plant had already been idled earlier in the week due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. The extra two weeks added to layoff are the result of a battery pack shortage related to the recall. 

"We are extending downtime to include the weeks of Aug. 30 and Sept. 6," GM spokesman Dan Flores said in a statement. "We will continue to evaluate additional production schedule adjustments."

The recall, which was issued due to defective batteries catching fire on rare occasions, affects more than 140,000 Bolt units. 

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