So far, there are five confirmed instances, each of them when the vehicle was parked with a full or almost full state of charge.
Speaking with the media today during a hastily-arranged press conference, Jesse Ortega, Executive Chief Engineer for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, said that while they haven't nailed down the exact cause of the issue, owners and dealers both can take immediate action.
US safety regulators said the cars should be parked outdoors until the recall repairs have been made.More news: Violent clashes in DC after Trump backers' election protest
According to NHTSA, these vehicles can catch fire even if they are turned off, parked, and disconnected from a charging unit. The agency said in documents filed last month that the fires began under the rear seat while the cars were parked and unattended.
The recall includes 50,932 Bolts from the US.
GM hopes to find the cause and have a permanent fix as quickly as possible after the first of the year, Ortega said.More news: Neymar ruled out of Brazil's World Cup qualifying showdown with Uruguay
Until these recalled vehicles have been repaired, NHTSA says the safest place to park them is outside and away from homes. A Bolt caught fire in the driveway and the owner said strong fumes permeated the home during a three-hour fire requiring professional cleaning.
Tesla also chose to recall 30,000 vehicles of two models - the Model S and the Model X - in China, after it found suspected defects in the batteries' module, made by Japan's Panasonic.
GM said it would start notifying dealers and customers of the interim recall immediately. General Motors said it's now working with the investigation office to identify the exact cause. GM said it understands owners could be upset about their cars not being fully functional, and it will address complaints on a case-by-case basis. In October, Hyundai chose to recall around 77,000 Kona EVs sold around the globe after 14 incidents in which the vehicles caught fire were reported.More news: 1 killed in protests against Peru's new president