Chevy Bolt EV Recall Over Potential Fire Risk

 

The Chevy Bolt EV models from 2017 – 2019 are being recalled over a potential fire risk within the vehicles batteries! GM said they will replace and repair the faulty units and have given new charging instructions as the car batteries now pose as a fire risk even when stationary, parked & even when not charging. It is estimate the recall will be over 50,000 units in US.

The problem comes from the high voltage battery pack, until the repairs have taken place GM is instructing owners to park their Chevy Bolts outdoors & away from their homes

The instructions from GM is as follows, first on the 14th of July this statement was made:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a “Consumer Alert” today. The safety agency is telling 2017–2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV owners to park their vehicles outside “until further notice” because of the potential of an unattended fire in the high-voltage battery pack, located under the bottom cushion of the car’s back seat. This notification applies to the more than 50,000 vehicles originally recalled in November 2020, as detailed in the story below. NHTSA’s notice says, “Owners of these vehicles should park their vehicles outside away from homes and other structures immediately after charging and should not leave their vehicles charging overnight, according to General Motors.”

NHTSA said it is aware of two “recent” fires in Bolt EVs that had already received recall service for the issue, so this warning applies to vehicles whether or not they have been in for recall service.

Then the follow up statement issues on 23/07/2021:

1. Customers should, whether or not they received the current software update, return their vehicle to the 90% state of charge limitation using Hilltop Reserve mode (for 2017-2018 model years) or Target Charge Level (for 2019 model year) mode. If customers are unable to successfully make these changes, or do not feel comfortable making these changes, we are asking them to visit their dealer to have these adjustments completed.

2. Additionally, we ask that customers charge their vehicle after each use and avoid depleting their battery below approximately 70 miles of remaining range, where possible.

3. Out of an abundance of caution, customers should continue to park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and not leave their vehicles charging overnight.

if you have a chevy bolt and are looking for more information you can visit the following link:

https://my.chevrolet.com/how-to-support/safety/boltevrecall

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