Volt batteries catching fire kept quiet because of concern over the “fragility of Volt sales"

Don't want to have anything discourage those electric car sales. Joan Claybrook isn't someone I give any weight to, but she is probably plugged into the kooky liberals who want electric cars. From Auto Guide:

Joan Claybrook, a former adminstrator at NHTSA believes part of the reason for the delay was the “fragility of Volt sales.” Yet she also believes that “NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert, not to tell them [customers] for six months makes no sense to me.”

GM designed a complex cooling system for the Volt’s lithium ion battery pack to help regulate its temperature (lithium-ion units are known for overheating), yet until July it hadn’t finalized a standard proceedure to power down the battery system, the Volt had already been on sale in the US for six months at that juncture.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which crash tested a Volt back in February reported no incidents of fire as resulting from the accident, yet when a second crash test was performed in August, General Motors sent a technician to power down the battery. . . .

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Blogger Zundfolge said...

You mean "quiet" maybe (not "quite")?

12/06/2011 1:14 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...


12/06/2011 10:44 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

So much for zero emisions, no? Or, if these autos were built with Lucas Electrics components, that would explain everything! (British auto and motorcycle enthusiasts will get the joke...)

12/07/2011 12:04 PM  

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