After Fires, Chevrolet Bolt Owners Are Warned: Don’t Park Indoors

Two Chevrolet Bolt EVs just lately caught hearth after they have been repaired as a part of a recall final 12 months that affected practically 51,000 automobiles within the United States, federal security officers introduced on Wednesday.

Now, house owners of Chevrolet Bolts from the mannequin years 2017 by way of 2019 have been urged to park their automobiles outdoor after charging and to keep away from leaving them whereas they cost in a single day, the officers and the automotive’s producer mentioned on Wednesday.

The affected automobiles have been initially recalled in November 2020 over issues that a few of them could comprise high-voltage batteries “that may pose a risk of fire when charged to full, or very close to full, capacity,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mentioned on the time.

As a part of the 2020 recall, the automotive’s producer, General Motors, provided to have software program contained in the automobiles reprogrammed in order that batteries may solely be charged as much as 90 p.c of their authentic capability.

Then, two Chevrolet Bolt EVs that had been serviced as a part of that recall caught hearth. One hearth occurred this month in Vermont. The different occurred in New Jersey, a spokesman for GM advised CNBC.

The proprietor of the automobile in Vermont, Timothy Briglin, a state legislator, mentioned his 2019 Chevrolet Bolt caught hearth early on July 1 whereas it was plugged in and parked in his driveway. Although a information launch from the Vermont State Police mentioned the automobile was “plugged in and charging when the fire was discovered,” Mr. Briglin mentioned that was inaccurate. He mentioned the automobile was plugged in at eight p.m. with about 10 p.c left within the battery.

“The Bolt’s charging system said it would reach 100 percent charge by 3:30 to 4 a.m., at which time charging would cease,” Mr. Briglin mentioned. The automobile caught hearth at 6:30 a.m., he mentioned.

Mr. Briglin additionally mentioned officers from General Motors and the visitors security company can be in Vermont on Friday to look at his automobile.

General Motors, the producer of the automobiles, mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday, “Safety is our highest priority, and we are moving as quickly as we can to investigate this issue.”

On Thursday, a spokesman for General Motors referred to the corporate’s on-line assertion, which inspired house owners of affected automobiles to get them serviced as the corporate investigates the issue.

The visitors security administration mentioned it was “looking into these latest fires.”

In March, practically 380,000 Kia automobiles have been recalled over issues that digital elements inside sure automobiles may short-circuit and trigger fires. Drivers of the Kia automobiles have been advised to look at for warning lights, a “burning/melting odor” or smoke from the engine compartment, in a security recall report by the visitors security company.