Many Silver Spring area residents understand the urgent need to protect the environment which is why electric cars are becoming so popular. Car manufacturers have many regulations they need to follow to make sure their cars are safe. But a popular electric car has been recalled due to its ability to catch fire.

Popular electric car being recalled

General Motors recently announced a recall of the popular Chevrolet Bolt. The car manufacturer is recalling over 50,000 of these cars manufactured between 2017 and 2019. The cars have a battery that is manufactured by a company in South Korea.

Recalled cars have a risk of catching fire

There have been at least five instances of fires caused by the high-voltage battery located under the rear passenger seat. The root cause of the fires is still not known but there have been two injuries as the result of the fires. One of the fires set the car owner’s house on fire as well.

Recommendations for owners

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recommending that anyone who owns a Chevrolet Bolt should park the car outside and away from houses as a precaution. A software update will soon be available where the car’s battery will not be allowed to be charged at more than 90%. In the meantime, owners should change the vehicle settings in their 2017 and 2018 models to Hill Top Reserve and 2019 Bolt owners should change settings to enable Target Charge Level at 90%.

Product Liability attorney

Thousands of people across the U.S. are negatively affected by an unsafe product each year. Some are actually seriously injured or even killed. If a person believes they are the victim of a faulty product they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in products liability. An attorney can help their client understand what happened to cause their unexpected injury and can legally hold the company responsible for their negligence.