Certain versions of the 2017-2018 Chevrolet Bolt are being recalled.
If you own a Chevy Bolt, go park your car outside and away from homes immediately. Then head back here and read on — these cars may pose a pretty significant fire risk, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants you to know exactly what’s happening.
What’s Going On?
Right now, 50,932 Chevy Bolt EVs from 2017 through 2019 pose a serious fire risk.
The battery pack of these vehicles is located underneath the rear seats’ cushions. If the battery gets hot, it can smoke or ignite internally. The seats would then essentially become kindling for a large fire, which can quickly spread to the rest of the vehicle. As a result, it can spread to anything around the vehicle, like a house or a garage.
How to Deal With the Recall
Before anything else, you need to get your Chevy Bolt away from homes, other cars, or anything you wouldn’t want to get involved in a big fire.
Next, go to the NHTSA website’s recall page and enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number, or VIN. That’ll tell your if your specific vehicle is involved in this recall. You may also receive a letter in the mail from Chevrolet.
If your car is involved, you should call your nearest Chevy dealership and schedule a repair. Chevy will fix the car for free.
If your car isn’t involved, then you don’t need to worry! Changes in the Bolt’s build and even differences between factories means that your vehicle may have escaped the issues. But you can always enter your VIN number on NHTSA’s website to see if there are any other outstanding recalls.
Should I Worry About Other Electric Cars?
It’s natural to wonder if other battery-powered electric vehicles — or any car that features electrification — could suffer from similar problems. But right now, you do not need to worry.
The problem with the Chevy Bolt is the location of its battery pack. It’s right underneath the rear seats, which can cause the battery to overheat. Those seats can then provide the kindling for a fire that can easily spread to the rest of the vehicle.
Because of that, other electric vehicles are not a concern. If you own a different EV, you’re in the clear.