GWM’s electric car recalled due to risk of electrocution while charging

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A fault in the GWM Ora’s software could result electrocution for those who unplug the electric car while it’s being charged.

Great Wall Motors (GWM) has recalled 1659 examples of its 2023 GWM Ora electric car, after it was discovered a software fault could lead to electrocution if the battery-powered hatchback was improperly disconnected while charging.

The recall notice, lodged with the Department of Infrastructure, says: “Due to a programming issue, if the operator removes the charging cable without cancelling the charge, an electrical arc between the charging plug and the vehicle may occur.

“If an electrical arc comes into contact with the operator or bystanders it will increase the risk of serious injury or death.”

Date of recall notice 4 December 2023
Make GWM
Model Ora
Year 2023
Vehicles affected 1659
VIN list Click here to download the list of affected VINs
Contact link Click here to contact the manufacturer

A full list of vehicle identification numbers for the 1659 vehicles involved in the recall can be found here.

GWM has advised it will contact affected owners in writing, requesting they make an appointment at their preferred GWM Dealer who will update the vehicle software, free of charge.

Alternatively, owners can contact GWM’s Customer Support team by phone on 1800 038 100 or via email at [email protected].

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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