Chevrolet Bolts are in the news again—this time for another consumer alert issued by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, less than a year after the agency issued a recall for a similar issue.
NHTSA is recommending model year 2017-2019 owners to park their Bolts away from homes due to the risk of fire. These are the same vehicles that were recalled in November 2020 due to the possibility of a fire from the battery pack under the backseat cushion. The recall affected 50,932 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt vehicles.
General Motors said on its website, but it appears that the recall was triggered by two recent vehicle fires that are believed to have been remedied as part of a previous safety recall.
“With a great deal of caution, we are asking owners of 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs, who were part of the recall population, to park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and while investigating these incidents. For not charging overnight.”
GM says it has identified a remedy for potentially battery discrepancies, which customers can access by visiting a participating Bolt dealer. 2019 Bolt customers were able to access this measure from 29 April, and 2017 and 2018 Bolt owners were eligible from 26 May. Diagnostic software used to identify anomalies will be standard in the GM 2022 Bolt and other future GM vehicles, the automaker said.