GM Tells Bolt EV Owners to Park Away from Others, Citing Fire Risk
General Motors (GM) recalled every Chevy Bolt ever made last month, shortly thereafter halting Bolt production altogether – and the company has followed up with another fire safety request of owners of the Bolt electric vehicle (EV).
GM has asked Chevy Bolt EV owners that park in decks or parking garages to park on the top floor of an otherwise open level, and at least 50 feet away from other vehicles due to fire risks, according to Reuters.
The news comes as a follow-up to several fire-related incidents, as well as a recall earlier this summer applying to all previously-produced Chevy Bolt models.
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In an email regarding the request, a GM spokesperson wrote that a move to park on top of parking garages or decks “reduce potential damage to structures and nearby vehicles in the rare event of a potential fire.”
In July, GM also requested that Chevy Bolt owners park outside because of fire risks, along with asking Bolt owners not to charge their vehicles overnight or past 90 percent of its capacity. The company has also asked Bolt owners to avoid leaving their vehicles unattended while charging, in case of fires breaking out.
Chevy also unveiled the 2022 Bolt EV model earlier this year, and GM is expected to resume Bolt EV production sometime this month.