GM advices Chevrolet Bolt owners to park their electric cars 50 feet away from other vehicles to reduce the risk of fire spreading to them.
The warning follows a fire from a recalled Bolt, which reportedly spread to a Maserati and Hyundai in California.
GM has again recalled more than 140,000 Bolt EVs produced since 2016 due to the risk of batteries catching fire.
The recall is expected to cost $1.8 billion, some of which the GM plans to get from its battery supplier, LG Chem.
General Motors (GM) has advised some Chevrolet Bolt EV owners not to park their electric cars within 50 feet of other vehicles to reduce the risk of a potential fire spreading to nearby cars and trucks.
The parking advice follows one of the recalled vehicles, which reportedly caught fire and spread to a Maserati and Hyundai in Sacramento, California. GM has confirmed fires in at least 12 vehicles, but more continue to be reported.
GM spokesman, Dan Flores, in an email said :
“In an effort to reduce potential damage to structures and nearby vehicles in the rare event of a potential fire, we recommend parking on the top floor or on an open-air deck and park 50 feet or more away from another vehicle,”
This advice follows the previous warnings from GM urging owners to park their vehicles outside as well as not charging it unattended overnight.
Earlier this month, GM recalled more than 140,000 of the EVs produced since 2016 due to the risk of batteries spontaneously catching fire from “two rare manufacturing defects.”
The Detroit automaker said it is working with its battery supplier, LG Chem, to rectify the issues and increase production of the new modules for the potentially defective battery packs.
The recall is expected to cost $1.8 billion, some of which the US Autogiant company plans to get from LG Chem, which produced the defective batteries in South Korea and Michigan.