General Motors (GM) is warning some Chevy Bolt EV owners not to park their cars inside or leave them charging unattended. The warning comes after two more of the EVs recently caught fire.
The two Bolt EVs that caught fire had already been fixed as part of an earlier recall that was supposed to fix the risk of fires. Nearly 69,000 vehicles were part of the recall that was initiated in November 2020 and covered vehicles built between 2017 and 2019.
Both fires occurred while the cars were plugged in, suggesting the problem has something to do with the charging hardware and or software.
“General Motors has been notified of two recent Chevrolet Bolt EV fire incidents in vehicles that were remedied as part of the safety recall announced in November 2020. Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking owners of 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs who were part of the recall population to park their vehicles outdoors immediately after charging and not leave their vehicles charging overnight while we investigate these incidents.”
GM says Bolt owners who have not had the recall completed should still visit their dealer for it to be completed while while they complete their investigation.
This latest suggestion not to charge overnight or park inside is similar to the warnings the automaker had last year. In November GM recommended to not park in a garage or covered area, and limit charging to 90%.
You can read GMs support page on the issue here.