50,249 Chevrolet Volt models are being recalled by General Motors in the US to stop it from idling as the owner exit the car. The statement comes from Automotive News, and the recall has been issued as a precaution after the two incidents of carbon-monoxide poisoning. The concerned vehicles were left in the garage idling by owners.
The recalled vehicles will be programmed by GM to switch off the ignition in case the owner goes out of the car without pressing the power-off button. The problem actually lies with the owners of these Volts who forget that the car is run by gasoline and presume that the engine is on off-mode even ignoring the warning beeps that alert otherwise. In the Volt, if you leave it running in electric mode the battery charge level will deplete to certain levels, and the power-generator will start eventually, irrespective of where they have parked their cars. Compared to other GM recalls this one cannot be termed as a flaw in our opinion.
In order to avoid undesirable lawsuits GM is being over cautious, but this is the right move. GM has already instructed the dealerships not to sell new or old Volts in the showroom till the issue is fixed for good. The affected cars will be programmed for a not-revealed-yet time limit for idling, after that the car will shut the engine off. The relevant documents filed by GM were not available with the NHTSA.
There is more with the GM vehicles, and the maker has put a stop-sale order on the Chevrolet Trax sedan and luxurious Buick Encore which are in stockpile. Some 2300 units have the electric steering disabled at the event of steering housing come in touch with the circuit board and at a later date the assembly will be replaced if it is needed.