Chevrolet Volt Recalled by GM over Carbon Monoxide Threat
General Motors (GM) has recently recalled 50,249 of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in cars in U.S. from 2011-2013 model years after it discovered about two injuries related to carbon monoxide build up in its motor vehicle. Chevrolet Volts are recalled because they may pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if the driver mistakenly thinks the engine is turned off when the car is actually idling silently on electric battery power. That is to say, if a plug-in hybrid car is parked in a closed garage, and idling in electric mode, eventually the gasoline engine will turn on to recharge the electric battery which may expose people to carbon monoxide build up.
However, GM has addressed the issue with an update in the software in the car. The said update will restrict the time period for which the car can be left idling in the “on” or “run” position before the gasoline engine begins to run.
Dealers have been asked by GM to stop selling new or used Volts from those model years until the software is updated. The recall has not been restricted to just US, it has been made from the vehicles sold in Canada or those which have been exported.