GM asks Bolt owners to park 50 feet away from other cars, extends EV production halt

General Motors (GM) has asked some of its Chevy Bolt owners to park 50 feet away from other cars so that they are not at risk in case of a sudden fire, bloomberg has reported. The automaker has recalled about 142,000 Bolts sold since 2016 because the battery could catch fire. It has cost GM $1.8 billion so far and the article says owners will be even more upset by the news as they are already limiting the use of their Bolt so that it doesn’t overheat the battery.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified 13 fires at Bolt. GM said the fires are rare and the result of two defects caused by a manufacturing problem at LG plants in Michigan and South Korea.

A day after this news, Reuters reported that GM has extended production at its Orion assembly plant to October 15. It is also cutting production at six other North American assembly plants due to semiconductor chip shortages. Reuters He said the company has no plans to resume Bolt production or sales until it is satisfied that the recall will address the fire risk issue. It is not known how long GM will need to obtain replacement battery modules for the recalled Bolts. The company said an additional three-week production halt at its Bolt plant comes as it continues to “work with our supplier to update manufacturing processes.”

Some GM Bolt owners no longer want their EVs

Upon hearing the news that they can’t use their car, some GM Bolt owners are selling their EVs back to GM. CNN, also conducted an interview with some Bolt owners, noting that GM recommended that Bolt owners restrict the use of their cars to avoid stressing the batteries and park them away from their homes. One said they weren’t comfortable having the vehicle at this point and that GM didn’t even know how long it would take to resolve.

GM’s customer service was also lackluster, and one Bolt owner was on hold for about an hour. Another man concerned about the safety of his home if his car suddenly caught fire, GM offered him a 150-foot charging cable. This person was told by another GM dealer that such a cable did not exist. Other Bolt owners were reportedly seeking buybacks. For those who want to buy back a GM car, it’s reportedly a time-consuming process that involves a lot of paperwork — and can’t even buy a GM car back.

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