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Recall 15V145000

Engine May Start After Exiting Vehicle

Recall Details

The engine may start after exiting the vehicle, due to a software issue. The dealership will update vehicle engine management software to correct this problem.

Our Quick Take

The engine may start in error automatically after exiting the vehicle.

What Should You Do?

General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles (a timetable for this notification is not available at the time of this writing). If you notice the vehicle starting unexpectedly after exiting, or wish to see if your vehicle is included in this program, you can contact the dealer. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The General Motors recall number is 14617.

Electrical & Lights, March 13, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 13, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
50,236
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V145000
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Volt vehicles manufactured August 25, 2010, to June 26, 2013. If the driver exits the vehicle without turning off the electrical system, the battery may drain low enough that the gasoline engine will automatically start itself to recharge the electric battery.
Consequence
If the engine runs for an extended period of time in an enclosed space, there may be a build up of carbon monoxide, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine management software to limit the time that the stationary vehicle can be left in the ON position, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14617.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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