03 Mar '12, 12pm

NHTSA: "Chevy Volt doesn't pose greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles." #4jobs #2futures #p2 #tcot

NHTSA: "Chevy Volt doesn't pose greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles." #4jobs #2futures #p2 #tcot

Investigation Closed, Everything Normal A few weeks ago, some fires during crash-testing of the Chevy Volt by the National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) caused quite a media stir, even pushing GM to offer loaners or even buybacks to Volt owners and to do a voluntary "call back" of Volts to reinforce the structure surrounding the battery pack. There was much schadenfreude from the anti-EV crowd, but it now looks like their cynical rejoicing was premature; the NHTSA has closed its safety defect investigation and concluded that "Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles. Generally all vehicles have some risk of fire in the event of a serious crash." So basically, it's great if GM can make the Volt even safer than it already was, but it wasn't any ...

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