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    GM temporarily halts Orion Assembly amid Chevy Bolt recall

    The massive global recall of all Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs has prompted General Motors to shutter the plant that makes the vehicles until Sept. 6. 

    GM had idled Orion Assembly, the plant where it assembles the Bolt EVs and EUVs, this week due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips used in a variety of car parts. The shortage is impacting the entire auto industry with GM and others having to idle plants, reduce shifts or partially build vehicles until more chips are available.

    GM said Thursday it is extending the downtime at Orion Assembly an additional two weeks as a result of a battery pack shortage related to the recently announced Bolt recall.

    GM and battery maker LG Chem are still investigating what caused manufacturing defects that resulted in at least 10 Bolts catching fire. 

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

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