U.S. car safety regulators have asked about 50,000 owners of General Motors ’Chevrolet Bolt EVs to park their vehicles outside or outside the home, after loading, or from other structures, as they are at risk of catching fire. These Bolt EVs were recalled in November last year.
General Motors has advised Bolt owners not to allow their vehicles to be charged overnight, as they are at 100% charged risk of fire. The recommendation was made after major U.S. automakers recalled it in November after saying it was investigating the latest reports on the Bolt EV.
The 50,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles are from the 2017-2019 model years and were recalled last year in a high-voltage battery pack placed under the lower cushion of the rear seat due to the potential fire hazard. The batteries are made by LG Chem in South Korea.
The U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first opened in October last year after a Chevrolet Bolt EV fire hazard was reported in November after five years of fires and two minor injuries. The security agency told Reuters that “it continues to evaluate the information received and is investigating the latest fires.”
In April this year, General Motors announced a software update for the Bolt EV, which was at risk of fire and informed owners that Vendor companies would “use diagnostic tools to identify potential battery anomalies and replace battery module sets when needed.” The carmaker also said it would make diagnostic software 2022 Bolt EV and other electric utility vehicles and future GM electric vehicles standard. He also announced that he would offer a software update for all the other Bolt EVs on the road.
However, the NHTSA has mentioned that Bolt EV owners should park their mobile phones outside if they have completed a software update on their vehicle.