General Motors is once again asking owners of 2017-2019 model year Chevy Bolt EV crossovers to park their cars outdoors amid concerns the vehicles will spontaneously catch fire.
The automaker received reports of two separate Chevy Bolt EV battery fires this month, both of which involved vehicles that had already been repaired as part of its widely publicized recall campaign for the battery-electric compact car. One of the fires involved a vehicle owned by a Vermont state lawmaker, while the other involved a private citizen’s vehicle located in New Jersey.
In a statement sent issued Wednesday, GM said it is advising owners of Chevy Bolt EV vehicles involved in the recall campaign to park their vehicles outdoors for the time being.
“General Motors has been notified of two recent Chevrolet Bolt EV fire incidents in vehicles that were remedied as part of the safety recall announced in November 2020,” the company said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking owners of 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs who were part of the recall population to park their vehicles outdoors immediately after charging and not leave their vehicles charging overnight while we investigate these incidents.”
GM previously issued a recall for 69,000 examples of the 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EV after it received numerous reports from owners that their vehicle’s battery pack overheated and suddenly caught fire. As part of the recall campaign, dealers were instructed to inspect the battery packs of affected vehicles and install an onboard diagnostic software capable of detecting major battery pack problems before they occur. Both of the vehicle fires in Vermont and New Jersey involved vehicles that were already repaired as part of the recall campaign, however, prompting GM to issue new safety guidance for owners of affected models.
“At GM, safety is our highest priority, and we are moving as quickly as we can to investigate this issue,” the automaker added.
GM has also offered to buy back some Chevy Bolt EV models involved in the initial recall campaign, but the buyback offers are only being issued in states where certain Lemon Laws apply.
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