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GM Recalls Thousands of Volts for Carbon Monoxide Issue

March 13, 2015
The company is recalling 64,000 of the vehicles to update software to prevent a carbon monoxide buildup after the car is turned off. The recall affects models made between 2011 and 2013.

General Motors (IW 500/5) has announced another recall, this time for the Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.

The company is recalling 64,000 vehicles to update software to prevent a carbon monoxide buildup. The recall affects models made between 2011 and 2013.

GM says so far it’s aware of two injuries caused as a result of the issue, according to Automotive News. Both were related to carbon monoxide exposure. The issue comes up if the car is left running in its electric mode, eventually draining the battery causing the gasoline engine to turn on.

A separate issue forced the company to tell dealers to hold off on deliveries of nearly 2,300, 2015 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore small crossover vehicles. A recall is pending over a possible loss of power to the electric power steering system.

It discovered in some vehicles, the steering column housing can make contact with the power steering circuit board. “This contact could eventually cause enough wear on the power steering printed circuit board to cause a sudden loss of power steering assist,” according to a company memo, and that could lead to a crash.

GM says the National Highway Transportation Safety Board has been notified about the issues with all three models.

Dealers have been instructed not to sell new or used Volts of those affected. They include 54,249 vehicles in the U.S. and another 13,937 in Canada and other countries.

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