05 Dec '11, 5pm

GM Offers to Buy Back Volt From Owners Worried by Battery Fires

GM Offers to Buy Back Volt From Owners Worried by Battery Fires

"If someone asks, we'll snap it up in a second" Because of a recent potential problem with batteries that could catch fire in certain crash conditions (though only in the lab, not in any real-world conditions so far), GM has been trying to do all it can to maintain confidence in its halo car, the Volt plug-in hybrid . They started by offering free loaner cars to any Volt owner that wanted one because of safety concerns, and they then offered to go as far as to buy back the Volt of anybody who's worried because they are "confident the car is safe, but wants to ensure Volt customers are comfortable with their vehicle." They also reiterated that the Volt has received very good crash ratings from regulators (f.ex. an overall rating of 5/5 stars from the NHTSA ). But as I wrote about previously , the perception problem might turn out to be bigger than the safety problem (the in...

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