G.M. to Reinforce Battery in Chevy Volt to Prevent Fire
General Motors has stated that it would upgrade the steel structure and liquid cooling system that surround the battery in its Chevy Volt to alleviate concerns that the car could catch fire after a severe crash. The Volt is an electricity and gasoline-powered hybrid. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a statement that the changes “should address the issue,” although its investigation into the problem would remain open.
In June 2011 a Volt caught fire three weeks after a government crash test damaged the car’s battery and cooling system, and further testing in November of that year resulted in a second fire prompted an investigation by the NHTSA. All Volt owners were being asked to take the car to a dealership, where voluntary “enhancements” would be made. G.M. stressed that neither the car nor the battery was being recalled, but the action it took was much the same as if the car had indeed been formally recalled.
G.M. is adding a piece of steel to protect the battery better during a side-impact crash. Unlike batteries in other vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf and the Ford focus electric cars, the Volt’s battery is not entirely encased in steel.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN INJURED DUE TO A FIRE IN A CHEVY VOLT
Immediately contact a personal injury lawyer who has experience in handling product liability cases against large corporations. The vehicle will need to be immediately sequestered and your lawyer should want to secure it in a private area for inspection by independent experts and engineers. Do not allow the car to be taken elsewhere without first speaking with an attorney.
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