General Motors Recalls 64,000 2011-2013 Chevrolet Volts

Mar 13, 2015 08:56 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro


General Motors' recall issues continued this week as the automaker announced it would call back more than 64,000 vehicles over carbon monoxide build up.

The Detroit automaker will call back 50,00249 Chevrolet Volts in the United States from the 2011-2013 model years to install a software update that will limit how much time a vehicle can be left idling in the "on" or the "run" position, according to a company statement.

The problem deals with an issue that most hybrid owners face every day: not being able to tell when the engine is running or if the car is running on battery power alone. If engines turn on to recharge the battery when the car is inside a garage and owners aren't aware of it, there is a good chance they'll be poisoned by carbon monoxide.

So when occupants exit the vehicle and avoid the cues and warning chimes sent out by the vehicle, the Volt's high-voltage battery will drain after a period of time and the gasoline engine will start "to run," according to GM.

"If the gas engine runs for a long period of time within an enclosed space, such as a garage, carbon monoxide could build up," GM said in a statement regarding the recall.

GM is working with suppliers to get the parts needed to repair the defect, according to its memo. Dealers will be asked to look at and possibly replace the steering column assembly if necessary.

So far, GM is only aware of two injuries, both of which are linked to carbon monoxide build up.

An additional 13,937 vehicles are being recalled in Canada as well, according to GM.

All software updates will be completed free of charge to drivers. Dealers have been instructed by GM to not sell any new or used Volts in stock until repairs are ready. About 2,300 vehicles are subject to the stop-delivery order, according to Automotive News.

Documents were not available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall is similar to an issue the caused Toyota to recall 110,000 Camry sedans and Highlander crossovers on Wednesday. 

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