General Motors will extend the shutdown of the assembly plant on Michigan that builds the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV.
The car manufacturer has confirmed that production at the Orion Assembly plant will be halted at least until October 15 as it is still not satisfied that a recent recall remedy will resolve the issue that has caused at least 12 Bolt models to catch fire, Reuters reports.
The recall of the Bolt comes at a particularly inopportune moment for General Motors as it has also confirmed it is cutting production at six other North American assembly plants due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage. These include cuts at its Lansing site in Michigan, plants in Mexico and Canada that build the Chevrolet Equinox, Blazer, and GMC Terrain, plus sites in Michigan and Kansas that build the Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu.
Confirmation of the prolonged halt of Bolt production comes shortly after the automaker instructed owners to park their vehicles at least 50 feet away from other vehicles.
“In an effort to reduce potential damage to structures and nearby vehicles in the rare event of a potential fire, we recommend parking on the top floor or on an open-air deck and park 50 feet or more away from another vehicle,” GM spokesman Dan Flores said in a statement. “Additionally, we still request you do not leave your vehicle charging unattended, even if you are using a charging station in a parking deck.”