Today another Bolt owner found out why Chevy says you can’t park in the garage | MotorBiscuit
We don’t keep a record here at MotorBiscuit, but another Chevy Bolt caught fire yesterday. This happened in Cherokee County, Georgia. It was parked in a residential garage, although Chevy advised against it. Many Bolt owners are so concerned that their cars could burn up on the spot that they park them away from buildings.
Why do some Bolt owners disregard Chevy’s recommendations?
No one was injured in this most recent fire, and the garage sustained minimal damage attributed to the rapid response of Cherokee County’s fire and rescue services. Without fighting the flames early on, it would definitely have spread around the garage and then around the house. We wonder why Bolt owners are still ignoring GM’s warnings.
Or do these owners just not pay attention to it? The ram pickup parked next to the bolt was damaged. It was mainly smoke-related.
In the meantime, GM and battery maker LG Chem are continuing to look for a cause. A recall of all Chevy Bolts ever made has already been announced. However, Chevy is waiting to find the source of the fires before starting the actual product recalls. According to GM, “hundreds of people” work seven days a week.
Here’s what you need to do when you own a Bolt
It has instructed owners on a range of dos and don’ts. You are asked not to park in closed buildings, never to charge over 90 percent, never to drive with a range of less than 70 miles and not to charge overnight. Around 141,000 Bolt vehicles are affected from 2017 to the current year.
By following GM’s recommendations that you should, Bolt owners will bring the range down to approximately 140-150 miles. That’s about 100 miles less range than it should be able to. If you need to charge overnight to get that 140 mile range the next morning, find a charging station near where you live or work. Owners can program the charging process to stop at 90 percent.
When it comes to your own safety, this is a small price to pay. And once your bolt has been recalled and repaired, it comes with an eight year / 100,000 mile warranty. But the owners hope the search won’t take too long.
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