GM: Software, new battery parts will solve Bolt fire issues

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DETROIT (AP) — Engineers at General Motors have figured out how to fix a battery problem with the Chevrolet Bolt electric hatchback that caused five of them to catch fire.

The company says they developed diagnostic software to look for anomalies in the batteries of 69,000 Bolts worldwide from 2017 through 2019.

If problems are found, the company will replace defective parts of the battery.

GM says owners of 2019 Bolts can get the software starting Thursday, and those who own 2017 and 2018 models can get it by the end of May.

In November GM recalled 69,000 of the electric vehicles worldwide after getting reports of the fires.

Two people suffered smoke inhalation and a house was set ablaze.

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