Friday, 16 October 2020 17:20

Chevy Bolt Battery Compartment Fires Investigated

Written by David A. Wood, Car Complaints


"I called 911 and firefighters doused the car with water for an hour after smashing the rear window to get access to the smoking area," the owner said. "They left, less than an hour later I called 911 again because the smoke restarted. Smoldering was so hot it partly burned the backseat. Once the car was cool enough it was towed to the dealership where it was originally purchased. There it began to smoke again."


The owner again called 911 and firefighters stopped the smoke, but minutes later at about midnight heavy smoke was shooting from underneath the front passenger side of the Bolt.


"Based on the above, I believe the problem was a high voltage battery runaway thermal event," the owner said.


The EV owner claims GM refused to investigate the Bolt fire because the insurance company was called first.


Although the affected Bolt EV owners believe the fires and smoke originated in the battery compartments, NHTSA says the "root cause of these fires is unknown."


Federal investigators will try to determine the root cause of the fires and if nearly 78,000 Chevy Bolts are too dangerous to drive, or even park.


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