WASHINGTON— U.S. auto security regulators on Wednesday urged about 50,000 homeowners of Basic Motors electrical Chevrolet Bolt automobiles that had been recalled final 12 months to park exterior and away from properties and different buildings after charging due to fireplace dangers.
Earlier on Wednesday, GM made the identical advice and added homeowners shouldn’t go away automobiles charging in a single day. The advice was prompted after the most important U.S. automaker stated it was investigating studies of two current fires in automobiles that had been recalled in November for fireplace dangers.
The 50,000 U.S. Chevrolet Bolt electrical automobiles (EVs) are from the 2017-2019 mannequin years and had been recalled for the potential of an unattended fireplace within the high-voltage battery pack beneath the backseat’s backside cushion.
NHTSA opened an investigation in October into the Bolt fires, the company famous Wednesday and “continues to guage the knowledge acquired, and is wanting into these newest fires.”
The November recall of almost 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs—together with about 50,000 in the USA—with excessive voltage batteries produced at LG Chem Ltd’s Ochang, South Korea facility, was made after 5 reported fires and two minor accidents.
In April, GM additionally introduced a software program replace and stated sellers would use “diagnostic instruments to determine potential battery anomalies and substitute battery module assemblies as crucial.”
NHTSA stated homeowners ought to park exterior indefinitely no matter whether or not they have had the software program replace accomplished.
GM stated in April it might make the diagnostic software program commonplace within the 2022 Bolt EV and electrical utility automobiles, in addition to future GM electrical automobiles, and would supply the replace for all different Bolt EVs on the street at a future date.
By David Shepardson