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Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 1:02 p.m.

GM to offer Volt owners free loaner car during federal safety investigation

By Lizzy Alfs

General Motors announced today it will offer Chevrolet Volt owners a different GM car for free while the federal government investigates the vehicle’s safety risk, the Detroit Free Press reports.

A Volt - which is an electric car that uses a 400-pound battery pack - caught on fire in Wisconsin earlier this month while parked at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing center. The fire occurred three weeks after a side-impact crash test.


Two Volt batteries caught fire following safety tests and one started smoking and emitting sparks.

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Since then, another Volt battery caught fire following safety tests and one started smoking and emitting sparks.

Responding to the incidents and subsequent federal investigation, GM will offer Volt owners loaner cars indefinitely.

“Chevrolet and GM believe in the safety of the Volt,” GM North America President Mark Reuss told reporters this morning on a conference call. “But our focus is and always will be on the confidence and safety of our customers.”

Read the full report here.

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Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 3:21 a.m.

Oh no, all THREE Volt owners are going to be very upset about this.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 11:21 p.m.

I love the way words this (yes, they just took the story from another source, but they choose this one). If it was an anti-conservative story the headline would read, "the VOLT bursts into flames triggering massive recalls." But, it's the Government's bailed out project that is in trouble, so we get a rosy story. How often do we build a product, before there is demand, then give massive government incentives to get people to purchase the product and not have government boot stomping them when said project bursts into flames. By the way, has anyone figured out what to do with the batteries from these things yet? Whats that, they're allowed to say, "we have plans in the works."


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 10:19 p.m.

Who cares if you and your car burn up, You are saving the Planet!


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 11:22 p.m.

I get the feeling the fumes from the burning batteries ain't so good for mother earth. At least trees eat CO2.

5c0++ H4d13y

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 8:07 p.m.

This is much to do about nothing. A car crashed at a lab is towed out and left for dead and then catches fire because it was damaged. Had this been a gas powered car I'm sure they would have drained the tank before leaving it for three weeks. I'm going to guess the equivalent caution was not taken with the electric car?


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:48 p.m.

Seems like a conflict of interest to have the govt investigate their own company.


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 3:31 a.m.

Lol! It took me a minute but I got it. Same thing with the banks they bailed out.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 6:45 p.m.

With any kind of power there are certain risks. I saw a brand new Volvo catch fire while on the freeway. It read "JUST MARRIED on the back door, but the engine was on fire and they made an emergency stop, as I followed to help them out. They said it was a wedding present from their parents, and it was delivered the day before the indecent. I don't see why the car is being rested while more tests are under way, because we all know when we are in a car then we are at risk of several different way we could be fatally injured.