GM warns Bolt owners to park car outside after recall fix doesn't reduce fire risk
- General Motors is once again warning owners of certain Chevrolet Bolt models to park their car outside and to avoid charging it overnight after two Bolts have caught fire in recent weeks after recall repairs were made that were supposed to fix the issue causing previous fires.
A spokesperson for the company said the warning was being issued “out of an abundance of caution,” and that the company is working quickly to figure what is causing the latest problem.
In November, the company recalled 69,000 Bolts from model years 2017 through 2019 due to issues with battery cells that could lead to the vehicles catching fire even when it wasn’t plugged in. Although repairs were made to address the problem, the company has been made aware of the two new fires recently, according to the Associated Press.
Vermont State Rep. Tim Briglin owned one of the new Bolts that recently caught fire and said he had the repairs done to his 2019 model prior to the car catching fire. On June 30, Briglin said he returned home and put his Bolt on the charger around 8 p.m. and left the Bolt in his driveway after the car messaged that it would be fully recharged by 4 a.m.
At 6:30 a.m., Briglin said he saw smoke coming from the rear of the car. Firefighters were able to put out the fire before major damage was done, but had to stay on scene for three hours to monitor the battery to make sure it didn’t catch fire again. Briglin said he had repairs made to his Bolt on June 9, three weeks before the fire occurred.