2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV Top Complaints and Problems – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain & electrical issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

There is an urgent recall on this vehicle. Find out if your Bolt is included in the recall.

Electric cars continue to gain more hype, with many people talking about the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The automaker says, “hello open roads,” but many drivers are finding it doesn’t make it onto the path easily, especially because of the defective electrical system, a malfunctioning powertrain and horrible visibility.

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Problems with the Electrical System

What Chevy is most known for when it comes to the Bolt is the electrical issues. Pretty ironic, since it is an electric car.

Here’s one NHTSA complaint. “GM issued a recall for fires on 20 August 2021. I immediately called to have the vehicle returned via their team and was given case SR:9-6888176701. GM has ignored five emails for update and many many phone calls have gone unanswered from my representative. Calls to the generic line have stated I would be contacted within 48 hours twice with no call or email. GM now says you cannot park within 50 feet of cars, your home or be inside your garage or even use the battery fully without risk of fire that would burn down the car and possibly your home or the cars around it. GM needs to buyback all the bolt vehicles on the road.”

For starters, the recall being referenced is NHTSA Campaign Number 21V650000. It states that more than 52,000 vehicles might have a high voltage battery that could catch on fire when it is fully charged or close to capacity. It wasn’t that long ago that class-action lawsuits were being talked about with the defective Chevy Bolt. However, the problems also occur with the simple electronics, with other class action lawsuits on previous models with a non-functional wireless charging pad. From the smallest to the most complicated electrical system, the Bolt gets it all wrong.

Problems with the Powertrain

Keeping the Bolt running smoothly requires that there’s a reliable powertrain in charge. Yet, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all.

Here’s another NHTSA complaint. “The Bolt EUV suddenly and unintentionally sped forward when being parked in our garage. My wife slammed on the brakes and stopped the vehicle before it could hit the garage wall. No damage occurred.”

GM is talking about some minor powertrain issues, but nothing substantial. For now, the company is only willing to address Service Bulletin #PIC5650J that talks about a no start, stalling and no crank situation because of powertrain issues. Whether the Bolt is going to accelerate or fail to go anywhere is all up in the air. It’s like rolling the dice when it’s time to go anywhere.

Problems with the Visibility

Seeing clearly is something everyone takes for granted while driving in a car. Yet, customers sitting behind the wheel of the Bolt have a lot more to worry about.

Check out this final NHTSA review. “Back tailgate glass exploded in my garage for no apparent reason. It just shattered. While the car was parked in my garage. I think this is a major issue that needs to be addressed, call the dealership and they won’t assume responsibility in this matter. This is a safety concern.”

While talking about safety, it’s important to note yet another recall on the 2022 Bolt EV. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V517000 discusses how there are fasteners in the driver’s front air bag to keep it attached to the steering wheel, but these vital parts might be missing or otherwise tightened wrong. What drivers are left with is an air bag that might not deploy when a crash occurs. The owner might be saying “hello open roads” in their heart, but inside they are secretly terrified to be driving this car with all of its defects.

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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