GM and the National Transportation Safety Board Hide Volt Fire Danger

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According to the BBC (and wouldn’t you know the overseas papers would cover it while the American papers cover for the Obama Administration) GM and the NTSB knew about the battery fires in the Obama Pinto Chevy Volt for five months before they bothered to tell the drivers of their vehicles.

This is the same NTSB that made an enormous issue of a non-existent problem in Toyota vehicles while they were trying to recover market share for the recently acquired Government Motors.

But the real problem may no longer be a technical one, but one of dented consumer confidence.

It now appears the fire hazard was first discovered back in June, when GM first heard about a fire in a Volt that occurred some three weeks after the vehicle had been crash tested.

Yet, almost five months went by before either GM or the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told dealers and customers about the potential risks and urged them to drain the battery pack as soon as possible after an accident.

Part of the reason for delaying the disclosure was the “fragility of Volt sales” up until that point, according to Joan Claybrook, a former administrator at NHTSA. [emphasis mine – Queen]

“NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert,” he said, according to industry website Autoguide.com.

“Not to tell [customers] for six months makes no sense to me. They have a duty to inform people when they’ve rated a vehicle as ‘top rated’ and make it clear there’s a problem.”

Just in case you didn’t already know this: You can’t trust Democrats to tell you the truth if the truth might hurt them politically. Now that’s the truth.

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Queen Hotchibobo
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay.

Naw, not really, but it sounds more interesting than the real bio, so there you are.

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mriggio
December 10, 2011 12:59 am

I’m actually surprised they’ve mentioned the problem at all, knowing this bunch. OTOH, how difficult would it have been to notify all 3 Volt owners…

bobmontgomery
December 10, 2011 12:44 pm

Congressional hearings on the “fragility of Volt sales” and its relationship to safety begin in 5-4-3-2-….3-2-….3-2….3-2…..