Following two injuries attributed to carbon monoxide exposure, General Motors is recalling 64,000 Chevy Volts to update software controlling the unique extended-range EV.
Cars affected are from 2011-2013 and if owners leave the car on in EV mode parked in a garage, the gas engine may later kick on creating emissions in a confined space.
“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.
The software update will limit the time a Volt can be left idle in the “on” position, said Automotive News. Normally the car emits a chime to warn the vehicle is still on, but this my be overlooked.
The bulk of recalled Volts will be from the U.S., with 50,249 being called back. Another 13,937 are in Canada or been exported.
It was not stated what the “injuries” were from CO exposure GM conceded and no one has been reported to have died from this issue.
While GM has been blamed in other incidents such as the ignition switch recall, pundits are already offering that GM did create a warning suggesting owners themselves are failing to pay heed to safe operation of their vehicles.
Beyond the alert chime, the solution GM has is to engineer more safety, a common policy today in many arena to handle areas in which someone may be hurt even if one might say their own negligence was fully or partly to blame.