Why are Chevrolet Bolts a fire risk? 

Two Chevrolet Bolt vehicles recently caught fire, and this has led to an urgent call to vehicle owners to park their cars outside and away from their homes.

On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urged 50,000 owners of Chevrolet Bolt vehicles, from the year 2017 to 2019, to park their cars outside and away from their homes, because of the risk of fire. These vehicles are reportedly the same ones that were originally recalled in November 2020, because of the potential of an unattended fire in the high-voltage battery pack underneath the backseat’s bottom cushion.

According to General Motors, owners of the vehicles should not leave their vehicles charging overnight. It also suggested that the owners should park their cars outside, whether the interim or final recall remedies have been completed or not.

The urgent message from the NHTSA reportedly came after two fairly new Chevrolet Bolt vehicles caught fire. The latest fire reports will reportedly be added to an ongoing investigation about the vehicles that dates back to October 2020. The 2020 recall reportedly included approximately 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs worldwide, with 50,000 in the United States (US). The recall was reportedly made after five reported fires and two minor injuries.

Furthermore, to check if their vehicle has been affected by the recall, vehicle owners are urged to visit the NHTSA.gov/recalls, and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number. If the vehicle is affected by the recall, owners should reportedly call their nearest Chevrolet dealership immediately to schedule a free repair.

In addition to this, owners can also download the NHTSA’s new Safer Car app. The app reportedly allows customers to enter the vehicle, car seat, tyres, or other vehicle equipment type and the app will push a notification if a recall is to be issued.

Moreover, in April 2021, General Motors announced a software update that dealers could reportedly use to identify battery anomalies and replace the battery module assemblies.