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GM Extends Chevy Bolt Layoff

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Sept. 10, 2021—General Motors on Thursday confirmed it will extend the production layoff of its Chevrolet Bolt EV an additional two weeks. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, GM spokesman David Barnas said the shutdown would run through Sept. 27 as the company works with LG to investigate a battery defect that has caused some units to catch fire. 

The automaker idled production at its Orion Assembly plant on Aug. 23 due to the recalls. Around 1,000 hourly workers are employed at that plant and will receive roughly 75 percent of their pay during the shutdown per their UAW contract.

GM officials say the extended layoff is due to both the recall and an ongoing battery shortage. 

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