General Motors is recalling nearly 70,000 Bolt EV vehicles due to a dangerous defect that could cause the vehicles to catch fire.
General Motors is telling owners of some older Chevrolet Bolts to park them outdoors and not to charge them overnight because two of the electric cars caught fire after recall repairs were made. https://t.co/JeeX9Y2wtw— WBKO Television (@wbkotv) July 15, 2021
CNBC.com reports that General Motors is recalling 69,000 2017-2019 model year Bolt Evs after several of the vehicles caught fire. One of the vehicles caught fire at the home of a Vermont state lawmaker, while another caught fire in New Jersey. The danger is so severe that the company is recommending that people do not charge their vehicles unattended overnight.
“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 in a statement, adding that owners should “park their vehicles outdoors immediately after charging and not leave their vehicles charging overnight while we investigate these incidents.”
The NHTSA has implicated the batteries in the vehicles, which can smoke or catch fire, which can spread to the rest of the vehicle.
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