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64,000 Chevrolet Volts Recalled Over Carbon Monoxide Concerns

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2015 Karla Sanchez

Two injuries related to carbon monoxide exposure have prompted GM to recall 64,186 Chevrolet Volts, as drivers have unknowingly been leaving their plug-ins idling in the garage. Although the Volt already emits a warning chime that alerts drivers who’ve exited the car that the vehicle isn’t off, some drivers may not hear it.

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“If a driver exits the vehicle and inadvertently leaves the vehicle ‘on’ by failing to react to cues and warning chimes emitted by the vehicle, the vehicle’s high-voltage battery will drain after a period of time and the gasoline engine will begin to run. If the gas engine runs for a long period of time within an enclosed space, such as a garage, carbon monoxide could build up,” said GM in statement.

The recall affects 50,429 2011-2013 Volts in the U.S., and a total 64,186 including Canada and exports. To fix the problem, GM has announced dealers will implement a software update on affected Volts that will limit the amount of time a vehicle can be left idling in the “on” or “run” position. As for the unsold new and used Volts on dealer lots, GM has asked dealers to stop selling them until they’ve been updated with the software. 2015 Chevrolet Volt© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Volt

In other GM news, the automaker has also put a stop to deliveries of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore. A total of 2300 crossovers are currently pending a safety recall having to do with the potential loss of electric power steering.

Kia has also issued a recall for the 2014-2015 Soul and Soul EV models for an issue with the accelerator pedal. A section of the pedal could bend and fracture, causing the driver to have difficulty accelerating. A total of 208,858 Souls built between July 21, 2013 and January 8, 2015 are involved in this recall, and will be fixed with a supporting rubber piece under the pedal stopper for free. The recall will begin on March 24, and affected owners should receive a letter in the mail. 2015 Kia Soul EV© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Soul EV

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required), NHTSA

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