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January 30, 2012

NHTSA ‘Comfortable’ With Chevy Volt Safety Changes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration feels that recent safety changes suggested and tested by General Motors should help prevent future Chevrolet Volt battery fires. The fires, that have thus far only found purchase during safety crash tests, have been such a perceived threat to GM that the automaker has recently taken the proactive step of offering loaner vehicles to owners of the plug-in vehicle.

The changes are the adding of steel reinforcement around the battery and the installation of a monitor to keep an electric eye on coolant leakage, which is thought to be the cause of the fires. Though the investigation is still open, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, speaking at the recent Detroit Auto Show, said that the agency was “comfortable” with GM’s proposed corrections.

In the four safety tests GM ran with the changes in place in December, no coolant leaked and no fires started.

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