After several fires involving Chevrolet Bolt vehicles, the automaker is asking owners of the affected vehicles not to park their cars outdoors after charging them, and also not to leave their vehicles charging overnight. Affected vehicles include those from 2017-2019 model years that were part of an earlier recall. The automaker stated that it’s conducting an investigation after two recent fires occurred involving vehicles that had already been remedied after a prior recall campaign that had been announced in November 2020.

Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking owners to park the affected Bolts away from homes.

The warnings from GM and the NHTSA apply solely to some 50,000 vehicles that were recalled in 2020 for the potential of a fire originating from the battery pack located under the rear seat’s bottom cushion.

“Vehicles should be parked outside regardless of whether the interim or final recall remedies have been completed,” the agency noted. “NHTSA is aware of two recent Chevrolet Bolt EV fires in vehicles that received the recall remedy.”

The original investigation that led to the recall was opened by the NHTSA in October 2020, after receiving a report alleging that one 2018 and one 2019 model year Bolt caught fire under the rear seat while unattended. The agency identified one additional Bolt hatch from the 2017 model year with a similar burn pattern under the seat.

“In the three cases identified, fire damage appeared to be concentrated in the EV battery compartment area with penetration into the passenger compartment from under the rear seat,” the agency said in 2020. “The root cause of these fires is unknown. One of these incidents, ODI 11230072, reported smoke inhalation injuries.”

To check whether their vehicles are among those affected, owners can visit the NHTSA site and enter their VIN number, or visit the Chevrolet recall page to check via VIN number as well.


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