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Old 11-29-2011, 01:53 AM
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Good news for you Chevy Volt owners. You do not need to spend a lot of money to get those cool flames painted on your ride.

That is what I need---to experience a scene from the film Backdraft while cruising at 70 mph down the interstate.

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If the recent reports of fires caused by government crash testing have you worried about getting into your Chevrolet Volt, the folks at General Motors have the answer: we’ll loan you a regular car.

The automaker announced today that it will contact every customer that has purchased one of the plug-in hybrid vehicles and offer to give them a replacement GM vehicle of their choice until an investigation into the fires is resolved, although it maintains that the Volt is safe when handled properly.

During a conference call with reporters, GM North America President Mark Reuss said “our customers' peace of mind is too important to us for there to be any concern or any worry. This technology should inspire confidence and pride, not raise any concern or doubt.”

The issue was raised after the battery pack in a Volt that was subjected to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) side-impact test caught fire three weeks later while the car was sitting in a government parking lot. Three additional tests that were carried out last week led to a second pack catching fire and another emitting smoke and sparks which prompted the agency to open a broader investigation into the potential fire risks posed by the new generation of electric cars.

Click here for a full review of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt from FoxNews.com

In response to the first fire, General Motors argued that if NHTSA had followed the automakers’ recommended post-crash procedures, which involve draining the battery pack’s cooling fluid, the incident could have been avoided. The automaker now says it is “working with NHTSA so we all have an understanding about these risks and how they can be avoided in the future,” adding that it will “implement any necessary changes as soon as possible.”

A GM representative tells FoxNews.com that while the automaker knows of several Volts that were involved in real-world accidents, none have led to the battery pack or its associated components catching fire. Chevrolet has sold 5,003 Volts through October of this year. The company is hoping to deliver 10,000 vehicles the end of 2011 and as many as 60,000 worldwide in 2012.

The compact car has received top safety ratings from both NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Spokes person for the IIHS tells FoxNews.com that the organization witnessed no problems with the Volt’s battery pack during its tests and is not planning to conduct further tests as a result of the NHTSA investigation.

Volt owners may want to think twice about taking General Motors up on the offer, however, as over 250,000 conventional vehicles catch fire each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Chevy Offering Volt Owners Loaner Cars Until Fire Investigation Is Resolved | Fox News

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I expect Obama to place a moratorium of electric cars...



OF COURSE I'm kidding...he only does that to PRODUCTIVE energy!...
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This story is bigger then it needs to be. The consumer never had a problem with their volt catching on fire. The whole story has to do with them ramming the car in a test. Did it explode? No. Would anyone had been hurt? Not likely. They say the batteries were not damaged at all and yet it caught fire. So so far they don't know why. I promise you the right will go after this technology. Ya know why? **** who knows? Because it might be environmentaly friendlier?

Here is what gets me after hearing this story. You have a bank of batteries in this car. If you bash batteries they can have issues. So can the battery in your car. Do you know how many car batteries catch fire or even explode every year? We all have heard stories. Do you know how many burn down or explode because of Gasoline? Cars have a chance of burning in a wreck. Duh! I have no idea if there is any seriuos danger about this car or if a engineering change need be made but I think this story will be used as a political football. Why though? We already see this with the previous post. Ridiculous. The right has a kneejerk disdain for anything but a V8.
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We already see this with the previous post. Ridiculous. The right has a kneejerk disdain for anything but a V8.


This car was rush to market via what amounted to a govt mandate. This is NEW technology that looks like it was implemented poorly.

Toyota or Nissan isn't having this problem are they? It's only Chevy. So, it's not a hybrid/EV issue. It's a Chevy issue.

Re: the V8. Again you are stereotyping. I'll take a straight 6 over a V8 any day :P
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We don't know that there is a real issue do we? Where do you get the idea it was rushed to market? If it has a problem they can fix it but the idea you can make any car that 100% safe when they carry explosives is idiotic on it's face, There is not a case of this car catching fire spontaneously. Are you hoping for Chevy's failure?
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This car was rush to market via what amounted to a govt mandate. This is NEW technology that looks like it was implemented poorly.

Toyota or Nissan isn't having this problem are they? It's only Chevy. So, it's not a hybrid/EV issue. It's a Chevy issue.

Re: the V8. Again you are stereotyping. I'll take a straight 6 over a V8 any day :P
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We don't know that there is a real issue do we?
Well we know that GM thinks there is a problem... Why wouldn't we draw that conclusion?


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Where do you get the idea it was rushed to market?
Hmm let's see. The car explodes or catches fire after a 30 MPH side impact. Hell, my 1996 Jeep Cherokee (designed in the early 1980s ) doesn't do that.


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If it has a problem they can fix it but the idea you can make any car that 100% safe when they carry explosives is idiotic on it's face, There is not a case of this car catching fire spontaneously.
When you are building a car that carry explosives, you design it so that it DOESN'T explode.

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Are you hoping for Chevy's failure?
Did I ever say that? I'll wait.
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The right is already posting stories where they show pictures of some car burning that is not a Volt. They say things like this. The right would be funny if they were not so sad.


"Obama gets all the credit. He bailout out GM with taxpayer’s money to produce a car that no one wants. The electric car did not go through extensive testing before it was rushed into market. Now, the Chevy Volt has become a health hazard. A damaged battery that catches fire is not a good sign."


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Conservative Views For The Grassroots: It is Offical, Chevy Volt Electric Car is a Fire Hazard
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Instead of addressing issues in this thread, why are you bringing up what 'the right' is saying? I guess it's easier to howl at the moon than have a conversation.
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Instead of addressing issues in this thread, why are you bringing up what 'the right' is saying? I guess it's easier to howl at the moon than have a conversation.
I didn't start making it political did I? I think we see recalls all the time. The Volt actually until this recent story has been one of the least recalled cars produced. There are stories about it's success. No consumers were complaining or saying they had an issue. All I am saying is this issue if there turns out to be one is not unusual. It would be a engineering issue and should have zilch to do with your view of Government bailouts or Obama (who BTW isn't an auto engineer). If there is a problem fix it and move on. If it were a pinto you might have a real issue. This story is a non political issue and I was responding to the need by the right to hate GM or electric cars because of their feelings toward unions or bailouts.
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Good news for you Chevy Volt owners. You do not need to spend a lot of money to get those cool flames painted on your ride.

That is what I need---to experience a scene from the film Backdraft while cruising at 70 mph down the interstate.
You can't let go of your hatred for Obama's fascist nationalization of GM can you? Really, a volt traveling at 70 mph? The only way that would happen is if it had been driven over a cliff or it was being pushed by a semi at which point the battery pack bursting into flames is the least of your worries.
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