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GM to Extend Orion Assembly Downtime to November

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Oct. 14, 2021—General Motors on Wednesday announced it will extend the downtime at its Orion Assembly plant through the end of October.

The announcement comes as GM has prioritized fixing the more than 140,000 recalled Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs before restarting production of the model, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Downtime is being extended to include the weeks of Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 to continue to work with our supplier to accelerate production of new battery modules and prioritize recall repairs," GM spokesman Dan Flores said in a statement.

The Orion plant has been idle since Aug. 23 due to the recall, which affected the Bolts' battery packs. LG Electronics, a division of LG Chem and GM's battery supplier, agreed on Tuesday to reimburse GM for $1.9 billion in costs associated with the recall.

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