Chevy Volt Safety Tests Reveal Possibility of Fire Hazard After Car Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere


December 15, 2011
By Lee Law Offices, P.A. on December 15, 2011 12:49 PM |

General Motors is offering to buy back your Chevrolet Volt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Volts are under a thorough investigation after the vehicles were discovered to pose a fire hazard after side-collision safety testing. A car accident in Asheville and elsewhere involving a Chevy Volt could potentially lead to safety issues in the future.

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In recent crash studies, the NHTSA determined that, during a side collision, the vehicle's coolant line could rupture and the vehicle's lithium-ion battery could catch fire. The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are working alongside the NHTSA to collect information regarding the potential for fire in electric vehicles.

Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand how important it is to research vehicles for purchase and to stay up-to-date with the latest vehicle recalls. Drivers are urged to check out the Safecar.gov website frequently to ensure that their vehicles aren't putting them at risk for an accident. Long after a vehicle is manufactured, officials can determine there are problems that could cause injury to motorists. Please review this information frequently to help reduce your risks of an accident.

The Chevy Volt has not been recalled yet, but will be if the NHTSA determines that there's an unreasonable risk to safety. If a recall is issued, officials from General Motors will take the appropriate measures to notify drivers.

While these investigations are taking place, GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson says that the company is willing to buy back any Volt from concerned consumers. The automaker is also offering to loan out a temporary vehicle to owners until the safety concerns are resolved as well.

"While the investigation is going on, we will do whatever it takes to allay concerns and keep our customers happy and if that includes repurchase, we will work individually with any customer," says GM spokesman Greg Martin.

Currently, there have been nearly 10,000 Chevy Volts sold in the U.S. Only about 30 of these vehicle owners have asked the company for a loaner vehicle. The company has yet to determine exactly how the repurchase plan would work.

Jessica Caldwell, an auto analyst with Edmunds.com, says that the company is lucky that the problem involves such a small number of vehicles. If the Volt would have been more popular, then a recall or a buyback plan would be more difficult and costly.
General Motors would like to reiterate that there have been no reports from consumers of any fires. These allegations are only based on incidents that had taken place during testing.

John O'Dell, with Edmunds.com, says that he doubts that many owners will come forward with a buyback request considering the vehicles get about 40 miles per full electric charge and hundreds of miles when the gasoline power kicks in.

We understand that consumers nationwide have been waiting for electric cars for quite some time now. Still, these vehicles can pose fatal complications just as gas-powered vehicles can. Owners of all motor vehicles should check out the Safecar.gov website to make sure their vehicle is safe and isn't reporting any problems.

Lee Law Offices, P.A. is dedicated to the accident victims and family members who have been seriously injured or died because of a defective automobile in North or South Carolina. You can receive a free consultation by calling 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an experienced attorney today.

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