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Chevrolet recalling a few Volts for a software glitch

Recently, a small software fault was found with the Chevrolet Volt 2013 MY extended-range hybrids.

Owners of the model were made aware of this issue via email about the potential problem and how to deal with it. The issue causes the electric motor to stop while on the move, for no apparent reason. The steering and the brakes will still work, so if this out-of-the-blue shut-down were to occur, owners were told to coast to a stop, power the car off, and then wait for two to five minutes before powering it up again.

This software glitch affects only the 2013-model year Volts, and even in that case it could affect only a small number of the four thousand 2013 MY Volts and their owners who will use the delayed charging option which enables the car battery to be charged at certain times.

The problem was described by Chevy Volt higher ups as being a customer satisfaction issue, and owners have been asked to take their vehicles into their local Chevy dealer for a re-flash of the vehicle’s control system – something that shouldn’t take more than an hour.

It should be noted that this issue pops up only when the delayed time charging option is switched on, so Chevy advises owners to switch instead to the immediate charging option in order to avoid this inconvenience, till the software glitch is addressed.

GM has already sent letters to all four thousands Volt owners via FedEx last Friday so that they were made aware about it in order to avoid accidents or injuries taking place.

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