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GM advising some Bolt EV owners to park 50 feet away from other cars in case of fire

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

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DETROIT – General Motors is advising some Chevrolet Bolt owners to not park their electrical cars inside 50 feet of other automobiles to scale back the danger of a possible fire spreading to close by cars and vans.

The warning follows the Detroit automaker recalling greater than 140,000 of the EVs produced since 2016 due to the danger of batteries spontaneously catching fire from “two rare manufacturing defects.”

GM has confirmed fires in not less than 12 automobiles, however extra proceed to be reported. At least one of the recalled automobiles reportedly caught fire and unfold to a Maserati and Hyundai in Sacramento, California.

The parking recommendation is being given to prospects that decision into the corporate’s name middle about parking their recalled automobiles in parking tons or buildings, in accordance to GM spokesman Dan Flores. That’s completely different from earlier warnings involving parking the car outdoors, not charging it unattended in a single day and altering the automotive’s charging settings that have been issued to all owners.

“In an effort to reduce potential damage to structures and nearby vehicles in the rare event of a potential fire, we recommend parking on the top floor or on an open-air deck and park 50 feet or more away from another vehicle,” Flores stated in an e-mail.

The up to date parking steering was first reported by Bloomberg News.

The recall is anticipated to value $1.8 billion, some of which the corporate plans to get from its battery provider, LG Chem, which produced the faulty batteries in South Korea and Michigan.

GM has stated it’s working with LG to rectify the problems and improve manufacturing of the brand new modules for the possibly faulty battery packs. It will notify prospects when alternative components are prepared.

(*50*)GM says owners with questions ought to go to (*50*)www.chevy.com/boltevrecall(*50*), contact its Chevrolet EV helpline at 1-833-EVCHEVY or contact their most popular Chevrolet EV supplier.

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