GM advising some Bolt EV owners to park 50 feet away from other cars

The Vermont Point out Police launched this picture of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV that caught fire on July 1, 2021 in the driveway of point out Rep. Timothy Briglin, a Democrat.

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DETROIT – General Motors is advising some Chevrolet Bolt entrepreneurs to not park their electrical automobiles in 50 toes of other cars to minimize the hazard of a prospective fire spreading to close by autos and trucks.

The warning follows the Detroit automaker recalling much more than 140,000 of the EVs generated considering that 2016 due to the chance of batteries spontaneously catching hearth from “two uncommon manufacturing problems.”

GM has verified fires in at the very least 12 motor vehicles, but far more continue to be reported. At the very least one particular of the recalled autos reportedly caught fireplace and spread to a Maserati and Hyundai in Sacramento, California.

The parking guidance is being presented to buyers that get in touch with into the company’s phone center about parking their recalled cars in parking plenty or structures, according to GM spokesman Dan Flores. That is distinctive from prior warnings involving parking the motor vehicle exterior, not charging it unattended overnight and changing the car’s charging configurations that were issued to all proprietors.

“In an work to cut down prospective harm to buildings and nearby motor vehicles in the exceptional event of a opportunity hearth, we suggest parking on the major floor or on an open up-air deck and park 50 ft or additional absent from yet another car,” Flores stated in an electronic mail.

The up-to-date parking assistance was 1st claimed by Bloomberg News.

The recall is expected to cost $1.8 billion, some of which the corporation options to get from its battery supplier, LG Chem, which created the faulty batteries in South Korea and Michigan.

GM has mentioned it is doing the job with LG to rectify the issues and raise output of the new modules for the possibly faulty battery packs. It will notify consumers when substitute pieces are all set.

GM says house owners with concerns must visit, contact its Chevrolet EV helpline at 1-833-EVCHEVY or get hold of their most popular Chevrolet EV seller.