If you have this car, better park 15 meters from another: it can catch fire!

If you have this car, better park 15 meters from another: it can catch fire!

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If you have this car, better park 15 meters from another: it can catch fire!

ACD September 23, 2021

GM has warned Chevrolet Bolt owners not to park near other cars because of the danger of catching on this electric.

General Motors is experiencing a real reputational crisis with its Chevrolet Bolt. The US manufacturer has been forced to recall more than 140,000 of the electric vehicles produced since 2016 due to the risk of batteries spontaneously catching fire for “two rare manufacturing defects.”

In fact, it is not a minor problem, as shown by the fact that the automobile industry itself has asked the owners of the affected Bolts not to park within 15 meters of other vehicles to reduce the risk of a possible fire spreading to nearby cars.

Fire Hazard for GM Electric

If you have this car, better park 15 meters from another: it can catch fire!

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According to company spokesman Dan Flores, this parking advisory is given to customers who call the company’s call center to park their affected vehicles in parking lots and remote locations. Previously, they had been warned to park their vehicles outside, do not charge it unattended at night and change car charging settings.

“In an effort to reduce potential damage to nearby structures and vehicles in the rare event of a potential fire, we recommend parking on the top floor or in an outdoor area and park 15 meters or more from another vehicle ”, explained Flores.

The question is How do you get that if you don’t have a chalet or live in a lost town in the U.S. If you have a Bolt and you live in Spain (we doubt that too many units have been sold in our country), you are going to have it very complicated.

GM has confirmed fires in at least 12 vehicles, but more are being reported. At least one of the recalled vehicles caught fire and spread to a Maserati and a Hyundai.

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The recall is expected to cost General Motors $ 1.8 billion, part of which the company plans to source from its battery supplier, LG Chem, which made the faulty batteries.

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