Chevrolet Bolt Glare Issue? Just Replace Your Dash For $2,500 – Problem Fixed

1 month ago by Eric Loveday 27

Chevy Bolt Glare – Image Via Totalled Jetta On ChevyBolt.org

The windshield’s shape and angle, coupled with one interior color, makes for glare that’s apparently so bad the some Bolt owners have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The problem is most prevalent on Premier trim Bolts with interior color Light Ash Gray and Ceramic White. The dashboard in this color combo is very light and reflective in nature due to its smoothness. That reflectivity leads to glare that so bad that some drivers feel unsafe in the Bolt during certain outdoor lighting conditions.

The issue first came to light back in January of this year, but it’s a growing concern now that more and more Bolts are hitting the streets. The complaints on the NHTSA site include statements such as:

SUNLIGHT REFLECTS OFF OF THE WHITE DASH ONTO THE WINDSHIELD AND BACK INTO THE DRIVER’S EYES. VISIBILITY IS IMPAIRED. THE EFFECT EXTENDS AS FAR AS THE SIDE MIRRORS AND THIS IN PARTICULAR NEARLY CAUSED ME TO CRASH INTO ANOTHER CAR WHICH I DID NOT SEE DUE TO THE TEMPORARY OPACITY OF THE GLASS.

DUE TO THE ANGLE OF THE WINDSHIELD, REFLECTION FROM THE LIGHT ASH GREY COLOR, CREATES A VERY VERY BRIGHT COLORED GLARE, WHICH REDUCES VISIBILITY IMMENSELY ON SUNNY DAYS. WITHOUT THE PROPER SUNGLASSES, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE PEDESTRIANS, OTHER CARS AND SIGNS.

TO MAINTAIN GOOD VISIBILITY I HAVE RESORTED TO WEARING POLARIZED SUNGLASSES AT ALL TIMES DURING DAYLIGHT DRIVING.

The glare issue is easy to see below. The first image is a Bolt with a darker dash, the second is the problematic color.

This Dark Bolt Interior Shows No Noticeable Glare

Light Interior Chevrolet Bolt With Glare

At this time, General Motors has not come forth with a corrective action, and the debate rages on whether or not one is really needed.

Some Bolt owners of affected models are devising their own fixes, like the aforementioned wearing of polarized sunglasses. Other “fixes” include adding a fuzzy dash cover (yuck), placing black mats on the dash or even replacing the dash in its entirety, which at least one owner did to the tune of $2,500.

How’d this happen? It seems likely to be oversight on GM’s behalf. ┬áTest mules are typically fitted with cloths to conceal the dash. Therefore, testing wouldn’t have revealed this issue before it was to late to make a change.

We reckon GM will eventually come up with a fix, but for now we advise owners of affected Bolts to follow some of the suggestions above as temporary fixes.

Sources: The Truth About Cars, GM Authority

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27 responses to "Chevrolet Bolt Glare Issue? Just Replace Your Dash For $2,500 – Problem Fixed"

  1. Ad van der Meer says:

    The Renault Zoe had a similar problem with light colored dashboards and they were replaced under warranty.

    Shame on GM for stalling here and not taking the safety of their clients seriously

    1. john doe says:

      Yeah, The Zoe was terrible. No problem with the darker dash.

  2. Warren says:

    Another reason to buy the LT, another example of “less is more.

  3. Dav8or says:

    Super light, or even white interiors look so very cool at car shows, but in reality they pretty much suck in everyday life. Buyer beware. I suspect GM will drop this color for 2018… if they’re smart.

  4. Elooney Muskey says:

    LOL. You don’t need to replace the dashboard for $2500! A ~$40 custom made dashmat dashboard cover from dashmat.com in black color will cut glare to almost zero. I have been using those for over 20 years in every car I buy.

    Well, first one was because the dashboard just curled and burned while parked under sun for 2 years (the lowest quality car I have ever bought), so I was looking for a solution. Since then, I have bought a custom made dashmat for every car I have ever bought to cut down glare to a minimum.
    Get the coarse grained dark colored one for best results.

    1. Jim J Fox says:

      Same here. FAR TOO SENSIBLE for mr. average to understand, apparently. Much ado about nothing…

    2. jelloslug says:

      Rather than actually test the car by taking it outside on a sunny day, GM just expects you to by a tacky dash toupee. I though big car companies had the experience to not make mistakes like this….

    3. Mark.ca says:

      Oh, i see…So you don’t have a problem with customers optimizing the cars unless the car is from Tesla. Hypocrite much?

  5. Bill Howland says:

    Might be an issue with the upscale Premier model, but my bare-bones LT with cloth seats seems just fine.

    The windshield being ‘distant’ from the seats is a bit difficult to clean properly, but its just a trivial complaint.

  6. Dan S says:

    GM is currently surveying some Bolt owners to see the extent of the glare issue. I am sure this will be addressed in future model years. For this model year if the NHSTA agrees it’s a safety issue then GM needs to replace

    1. Bacardi says:

      Do you have a link to this because if true it would mean high odds GM is doing something about this…

    2. Easy to reaseach this: mount a Video Camera (GoPro?) At Eye level and record the view! Try it in 6 or 7 points to compare! Drive it around the block all day long whike recording!

      Do similarly on the open road, driving East, South, West, & North! Sure enough, with a half dozen test cars, they could test this totally in a Week or less!

  7. unlucky says:

    There’s no glare issue. The second photo is rigged. That picture is through the windshield in the sunlight into a garage that isn’t sunlit.

    Ask long as the dashboard doesn’t have any truly reflective areas the dash will be darker than a direct view and the reflection off the dash will be darker still.

    I can take a bad photograph of anything.

    1. Gene says:

      Agreed. They are both rigged shots and not during normal driving condition. One is a shot while the car is on the floor of a car show. Not realistic at all. I’d like to see this actually driving on the street. Guessing they’d be hard pressed to actually have an example.

    2. devroot says:

      I have a Bolt with the dark interior and I get some minor reflections. I can only imagine how much worse it is with a lighter dash.

      The problem is real…

  8. Fabian says:

    Not so much with the dash, but with the Chrome strip right above the infotainment system and also the Chrome logo on the steering wheel. These appear to be also serious problems for Reflections from the sunlight.

  9. RBbolt says:

    Who doesn’t wear polarized sunglasses? If not, then even a black dash well display a lot of glare.
    The features on the Premier don’t
    justify spending the extra $$ over the LT.

  10. NBA says:

    Not an issue on Buick Encore EV.

  11. Spider-Dan says:

    Porsche had a similar issue with their light-colored dashes. The settlement was… a free pair of polarized sunglasses for affected owners, not a brand new dash.

    http://jalopnik.com/lawsuit-settlement-forces-porsche-to-buy-sunglasses-for-1797798617

    1. Mark.ca says:

      That sucks! I’m not a fan of sunglasses so I would like to know something like this first hand so I don’t make the purchase or at least look how cheap are the fixes.

  12. Martin T. says:

    This is the problem with GM …. how long they been in the Car business? They get the complicated things right but the basics they screw up…. I’m a Volt owner so it is interesting GM have not changed their ways.
    Fashion over practicality / safety always sucks doesn’t it!

  13. Joshua Burstyn says:

    Our Kia Soul EV has a light coloured dash. Same issue.

  14. Mark C says:

    We put a dashmat on our old car, long before it reached the age where the average cars dash would start cracking. 27 years old now, not a crack. They make them in a wide range of colors and will even do custom embroidery if you wish. Not very expensive, either.

  15. jim stack says:

    Juat get a dash mate cover for the dash and it’s cooler and no glare. It only cost about $40 bucks or less. I use them on all my cars. A black dash can make the car into a solar oven. Medium colors are nice.

  16. Nix says:

    It would take a lot of masking, but last resort would be a vinyl and fabric coating paint.

    https://duplicolor.com/product/vinyl-and-fabric-coating

    Sort of ghetto, but better than crashing.

  17. Buck says:

    It’s real alright…. The issue with using a dash cover is two fold….. First off, the car has a futuristic, modern dash that looks ridiculous with a carpet on it. Secondly, the passenger airbag is actually in the dash. I’ve spoken to several car design guys, etc. and they resoundingly say do NOT put anything over the dash.
    Having to wear sunglasses is like buying a boat that leaks and they tell you to wear rubber boots! Only solution is darker dash replacement, at GMs expense!

    The pic above is actually tame compared to what the glare is sometimes.

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