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    64,000 Chevrolet Volts Under A Carbon Monoxide Recall

      GM Issues A Software Update To Stop Volts From Idling and Causing Carbon Monoxide buildup

    General Motors has issued a recall for 64,000 Chevrolet Volts from the 2011-13 model years to prevent carbon monoxide buildup in a enclosed space when a driver forgets to shut off the vehicle.

    Automotive News reports that if a driver leaves their Volt running in the electric mode, the vehicle will drain the battery and cause the gas engine to kick on.

    "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.

    GM says they are aware of two people who had carbon monoxide exposure from the Volt.

    At the moment, the Volt has a chime that come on if a driver exits the vehicle and leaves it running.

    GM will issue a software update that will limit the Volt's idling time when left in the 'On' position.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    WOW, Very cool that GM has done the right thing and is jumping on this. At least all it is, is a software update. 

     

    How does a person get out of their auto and forget to turn it off?

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    WOW, Very cool that GM has done the right thing and is jumping on this. At least all it is, is a software update. 

     

    How does a person get out of their auto and forget to turn it off?

     

    If it doesn't make any noise...  lots of cars keep the electrical power or lights on after you shut the car off, so you might not realize it is still on if you are distracted after you park.

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    WOW, Very cool that GM has done the right thing and is jumping on this. At least all it is, is a software update. 

     

    How does a person get out of their auto and forget to turn it off?

     

    If it doesn't make any noise...  lots of cars keep the electrical power or lights on after you shut the car off, so you might not realize it is still on if you are distracted after you park.

     

    Pardon my ignorance as I have only been in a VOLT once to discover for me as everyone who knows me am just way to tall to fit in the car. So does the VOLT not have a FOB that you have to have on you to be able to start the car? I would think once you left it would no longer be able to run once out of range. Seems to be a QA testing issue that was missed. I thought all auto's would not run once their fob was out of range. Interesting bug.

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    WOW, Very cool that GM has done the right thing and is jumping on this. At least all it is, is a software update. 

     

    How does a person get out of their auto and forget to turn it off?

     

    If it doesn't make any noise...  lots of cars keep the electrical power or lights on after you shut the car off, so you might not realize it is still on if you are distracted after you park.

     

    Pardon my ignorance as I have only been in a VOLT once to discover for me as everyone who knows me am just way to tall to fit in the car. So does the VOLT not have a FOB that you have to have on you to be able to start the car? I would think once you left it would no longer be able to run once out of range. Seems to be a QA testing issue that was missed. I thought all auto's would not run once their fob was out of range. Interesting bug.

     

     

    If the car is already on when the FOB leaves the vehicle, the vehicle will still continue to run... just like every other keyless start vehicles out there. 

     

    Keep in mind that the driver can park the car under battery power, if they forgot to shut the car off, eventually the battery drains and the gasoline engine kicks on automatically. 

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