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GM advises some Bolt EV owners to park 50 meters away from other cars

GM advises some Bolt EV owners to park 50 meters away from other cars

Vermont State Police released this photo of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV that caught fire on July 1, 2021 in the driveway of State Representative Timothy Briglin, a Democrat.

Vermont State Police

DETROIT – General Motors advises some Chevrolet Bolt owners not to park their electric cars within 50 feet of other vehicles to reduce the risk of a potential fire spreading to nearby cars and trucks.

The warning follows that the Detroit automaker is recalling more than 140,000 of the electric cars produced since 2016 because of the risk of batteries spontaneously catching fire due to “two rare manufacturing failures.”

GM has confirmed fires in at least 12 vehicles, but more are still reported. At least one of the recalled vehicles allegedly caught fire and spread to a Maserati and Hyundai in Sacramento, California.

Parking advice is given to customers who call the company’s call center about parking their recalled vehicles in parking lots or structures, according to GM spokesman Dan Flores. It differs from previous warnings about parking the car outside, not charging unattended overnight, and changing the car’s charging settings that were issued to all owners.

“In an effort to reduce potential damage to structures and nearby vehicles in rare cases of a potential fire, we recommend parking on the top floor or on an outdoor deck and parking 50 feet or more away from another vehicle,” Flores said in an email.

The updated parking guide was first reported by Bloomberg News.

The recall is expected to cost DKK 1.8 billion. Dollars, some of which he plans to get from his battery supplier, LG Chem, which produced the defective batteries in South Korea and Michigan.

GM has said it is working with LG to fix the issues and increase production of the new modules for the potentially defective battery packs. It notifies customers when spare parts are ready.

GM says owners with questions should visit, contact its Chevrolet EV guide at 1-833-EVCHEVY or contact their preferred Chevrolet EV dealer.


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