NHTSA Closes Volt Fire Investigation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the following statement regarding the conclusion of its safety defect investigation into the post-crash fire risk of Chevy Volts:
Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its safety defect investigation into the potential risk of fire in Chevy Volts that have been involved in a serious crash. Opened on November 25, the agency's investigation has concluded that no discernible defect trend exists and that the vehicle modifications recently developed by General Motors reduce the potential for battery intrusion resulting from side impacts.
NHTSA remains unaware of any real-world crashes that have resulted in a battery-related fire involving the Chevy Volt or any other electric vehicle. NHTSA continues to believe that electric vehicles show great promise as a safe and fuel-efficient option for American drivers. However, as the reports released in conjunction with the closure of the investigation today indicate, fires following NHTSA crash tests of the vehicle and its battery components--and the innovative nature of this emerging technology--led the agency to take the unusual step of opening a safety defect investigation in the absence of data from real-world incidents.
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