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Babysit Your Bolts: GM recommends repairers park Chevrolet Bolt models outdoors if not supervised

Toronto, Ontario — Hot tip for any Chevy Bolt owners out there who are unsure what to do with their car while the recall is being figured out—don’t leave it unattended in your garage unless you’re planning on shopping for a new house as well.

This message comes straight from General Motors as they advise customers on what to do while awaiting repairs on the recently recalled Chevrolet Bolt.

On Aug. 20, GM expanded their voluntary recall to include all Bolt EVS, in order to address battery fire issues that have been plaguing the vehicle.

Now the automaker is doing what it can to relay safety procedures to service providers and customers in the hopes of mitigating any further damage.

GM outlined three steps to ensure the safety of Bolt owners while they await repairs on their vehicles:

  1. Set their vehicle to a 90 percent state of charge limitation using Target Charge Level mode. Instructions on how to do this are available on (com/boltevrecall). If customers are unable to successfully make these changes, or do not feel comfortable making these changes, GM is asking them to visit their dealer to have these adjustments completed.
  2. Charge their vehicle more frequently and avoid depleting their battery below approximately 70 miles (113 kilometers) of remaining range, where possible.
  3. Park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and should not leave their vehicles charging indoors overnight.

GM says that the likely cause of the fires that triggered the recall is defects in the Bolt’s battery pack.

“In rare circumstances, the batteries supplied to GM for these vehicles may have two manufacturing defects—a torn anode tab and folded separator—present in the same battery cell, which increases the risk of fire,” read GM’s statement.

Customers can visit www.chevy.com/boltevrecall or contact the Chevrolet EV Concierge 1-833-EVCHEVY (available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–midnight EST; Saturday and Sunday from noon–9 p.m. EST) or contact any Chevrolet EV dealer. Canadian customers can visit the Chevrolet Owner’s Centre (available in English and French) or contact a dealer.

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