GM recalls Chevy Bolt due to fire risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Owners of select Model Year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles should park their cars outside and away from homes until their vehicles have been repaired, due to a new recall for the risk of fire.

GM has issued a recall of 50,932 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles for the potential of an unattended fire in the high-voltage battery pack underneath the back seat’s bottom cushion.  The affected vehicles’ cell packs have the potential to smoke and ignite internally, which could spread to the rest of the vehicle and cause a structure fire if parked inside a garage or near a house.

These vehicles can catch fire even if they are turned off, parked, and disconnected from a charging unit.  NHTSA has confirmed five known fires with two injuries; at least one of the fires spread from the vehicle and ignited a home.  Until these recalled vehicles have been repaired, the safest place to park them is outside and away from homes.

For more information, visit www.chevy.com/boltevrecall.

NHTSA has an open defect investigation into this issue.  The opening resume for this investigation is available here.

Vehicle owners can visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall.  If it is, vehicle owners should call their nearest dealership immediately to schedule a free interim repair.

Owners can also download NHTSA’s new SaferCar app for Apple or Android.  Enter the vehicle, tires, car seat, or other vehicle equipment, and the app will push a notification if a recall is issued.