We expect the products we buy and consume to be safe for our use and consumption. Unfortunately. sometimes the products we buy and consume pose potential risks for our health and safety. When a potential hazard associated with a product becomes known, it is common for the company that produces the product to issue a recall to help warn consumers about the potential hazards associated with the product. One product that is often the subject of recalls is automobiles. Recently, General Motors issued a recall for one of its vehicles.
The recall is for 2017-2019 model year Chevrolet Bolts that are all electric. The recall comes after the discovery that the vehicles pose a fire risk. The recall covers over 68,000 vehicles, and over 50,000 of those vehicles are located in the United States. The vehicles’ batteries may be in need of a software update. General Motors believes that when the batteries are charged more than 90 percent, they can pose a fire hazard. The company is planning a software update that will limit the risk of the fire hazard. Until the software updated, the company is urging owners not to charge the batteries more than 90 percent or to avoid parking them in a garage or other covered spaces. The company states that it is aware of five vehicles that have caught fire without any impact. Two individuals were injured in these fires.
Costumers will be able to bring their vehicles into a dealership where they will update the settings on the vehicle. The software update will help to prevent the potential fire hazard that has been associated with the vehicles. Before acquiring the update, owners of these vehicles should not charge the battery past 90 percent or avoid parking them in a garage or covered space.