ABC News reported that the Chevrolet Bolt has been deemed a fire risk by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after the agency received complaints that the electric vehicle (EV) can catch fire. The probe covers almost 78,000 vehicles in the 2017-2020 model years.
According to the NHTSA, the fires are caused in the battery compartment area inside the car that can spread to the passenger side. So far, three Bolts were reported to have caught fire while they were parked or left unattended, with one owner suffering from smoke inhalation.
The first complaint about the Bolt occurred in March 2019, when the owner said their 2018 Bolt burst into flames in front of their home while the vehicle was being charged. Smoke was found to be coming from the battery compartment area. When firefighters arrived, it took them three hours to control the blaze. The owner later complained of headaches caused by the smoke.
On July 4, 2020, a person driving a 2019 Bolt pulled up to his residence. Twenty minutes later, a neighbor told them that white smoke was coming out of the car. Firefighters arrived and spent an hour putting out the fire. Soon, another fire started, and firefighters were called back. The blaze was extinguished, and the car was towed away to the dealer. However, on its way there, it caught fire a third time.
The NHTSA said it will produce its report soon, while GM announced it is also looking into these incidents.
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