Saturday , July 24 2021

Chevy Bolt fire risk triggers owners’ anxiety



“Don’t park your car in the garage,” is the latest General Motors message for Chevy Bolt owners.

That would be comical if it weren’t so serious. GM’s official statement for Chevy Bolts owners of the 2017-2019 model year is:

“As a precaution, we ask owners of Chevrolet Bolt 2017-2019 electric vehicles who were part of the population to recall their vehicles immediately after charging and not leave vehicles to charge overnight while investigating these incidents.” —General Motors (July 14, 2021)

More to the point never park your Bolt in the garage. “Customers are asked to park their vehicles outside, whether they are charging or not,” a GM spokesman told me.

The State Road Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) statement on July 14 more or less resonated in GM’s statement.

This came after two recent Chevy Bolt fire events (one detailed here) and a general recall of nearly 69,000 EV Bolts (model years 2017-2019) in November due to a fire hazard.

One of the biggest concerns is that it is not clear what exactly is causing or triggering the fires.

The owners are expressing concern

The ChevyBolt.org forum lit up with posts from concerned owners. For example:

—One (speculative) message indicates that GM’s next warning will be: don’t drive vehicles at all.

– Some owners point out that the hard-to-expect fix didn’t actually fix the battery issue.

—Some wonder what to do in the event of a fire.

Some now hope GM will buy out their Bolt.

GM is actually buying the screws. I have a friend in the San Francisco Bay Area who will receive a full refund for Bolt in 2019. Bolt is expected to return it to the seller next week when the check is handed to him.

And the owners are justifiably concerned about the correction. Apparently it hasn’t been appropriate since the screws that caught fire received a software repair.

Anxiety is real

I drive a Chevy Bolt 2018. I no longer charge my screw at home – which is a big change because I used to (and very conveniently) do 90 percent + refills at home.

Now I’m also worried about parking the car in the garage.

And this happens after my Bolt sat at the vendor for 2.5 months due to a battery problem. I was told it was “fixed” (which includes a software update).

This fix, however, is now controversial due to the latest GM tips.


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