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NHTSA urges some Chevy Bolt owners to keep their car away from home, fire risk

Chevrolet Bolts are back in the news – less than a year after the agency issued a recall for a similar issue, following another consumer warning issued by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

NHTSA recommends Model Year 2017-2019 owners to keep their bolts away from homes due to fire risk. These are the vehicles that were recalled in November 2020 due to the possibility of fires coming from the battery pack under the cushion of the rear seat. Recall 50,932 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt vehicles affected.

General Motors said on its website that the recall was triggered by two recent fires in vehicles that had been resolved as part of a previous safety recall.

“With great care, we ask owners of the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs that are part of the recall population to park their vehicles outside as soon as they are charged and to refrain from charging their vehicles overnight while we investigate these incidents.”

GM said it had identified a solution to the battery anomalies that customers could access by visiting the participating Bolt dealer. Customers of the 2019 Bolts will be able to claim this compensation from April 29, and owners of the 2017 and 2018 Bolts will be eligible from May 26. The diagnostic software used to detect anomalies is standard on GM 2022 bolts and other future GM vehicles, the automaker said.



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