Chevrolet Bolt is being studied for mysterious firesOctober 16, 2020
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is officially launching a safety investigation into the Chevrolet Bolt, the only General Motor electric vehicle currently on sale, to determine the cause of a fire in the vehicle’s battery compartment.
NHTSA decided that an investigation should be launched following two reports of fires in 2018 and 2019. According to the information received, “the cars caught fire under the rear seat when they were parked and left unattended.” Researchers began to study this issue deeper and found that the 2017 Bolt has a similar burning pattern in the back seat, which suggests that fires are constantly localized in a certain area of the car, in the battery compartment.
Fortunately, no one was killed as a result, although one person suffered from smoke poisoning. GM in an official statement promises full cooperation in the government investigation. As a Chevrolet spokesperson said, “The safety of our products is a top priority for the entire GM team.”
Early last month, the first official information emerged about one of those mysterious Bolt fires. An accompanying photo showed its effects in the back seat. Then the owner of Bolt also parked the car in a parking lot outside the house, but soon found smoke coming from behind. The car was not connected to the charger.
Ultimately, it is in General Motors’ best interest to pinpoint the true cause of the fires, because the company intends to launch 20 new electrified models into the global market by 2023. Among them are GMC Hummer and Cadillac Lyriq. While these cars will be equipped with new battery technology, the company needs to heed the Bolt lessons.
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