GM Recalls 64000 Chevy Volts Over Idling Concerns

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

64,000 Chevy Volts Being Recalled For Carbon Monoxide Risk.

General Motors Co. is recalling about 64,000 of its plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volts over concerns about a buildup of carbon monoxide when a driver forgets to turn off the car.

Following two injuries attributed to carbon monoxide exposure, General Motors is recalling 64,000 Chevy Volts to update software controlling the unique extended-range EV.Chevrolet Volt owners are inadvertently leaving their plug-in hybrids runnings in their garages, causing the battery to drain, the engine to fire up, and leading to two carbon monoxide-related injuries. Cars affected are from 2011-2013 and if owners leave the car on in EV mode parked in a garage, the gas engine may later kick on creating emissions in a confined space. The recall affects 2011 through 2013 model Volts – 50,249 from the U.S. and another 13,937 in Canada, essentially all the plug-in hybrids sold during that time.

The problem can occur if a driver inadvertently leaves the plug-in hybrid running while it’s in electric mode, which eventually will drain the battery and cause the gasoline engine to turn on. While GM has been blamed in other incidents such as the ignition switch recall, pundits are already offering that GM did create a warning suggesting owners themselves are failing to pay heed to safe operation of their vehicles. Beyond the alert chime, the solution GM has is to engineer more safety, a common policy today in many arena to handle areas in which someone may be hurt even if one might say their own negligence was fully or partly to blame. Separately, GM told dealers today to halt deliveries of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore small crossovers for a pending safety recall to fix a potential loss of electric power steering. That’s apparently not enough for owners, so the Volt’s software will be updated under the recall to limit the amount of time the car be idle when it’s left in the “on” position.

In some of the crossovers, the steering column assembly housing may touch against the power steering printed circuit board, GM said in a memo to dealers. “This contact could eventually cause enough wear on the power steering printed circuit board to cause a sudden loss of power steering assist,” making it more difficult to steer and increasing the risk of a crash, the memo says. GM has asked dealers to stop selling new or used Volts from those model years until the software is updated. (There are still several hundred unsold ’13 Volts on dealer lots.)

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