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CEO Dan Akerson told the Associated Press that the cars are safe, but said the company will purchase the Volts because it wants to keep customers happy. Two fires have broken out in Volt batteries after side-impact crash tests done by the federal government.

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I was just reading and article a few days ago stating that Chevy Volt owners are the happiest car owners in the US (happy with their cars). I wonder how many will actually sell them back to GM.
 

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The cars were supposed to have the battery packs discharged after the crash. This was over a weak after the crashes that they caught fire. Its just the same as you would drain the fuel and disconnect the battery from a wrecked gas car. You wouldn't leave the electricals connected and fuel in the car on them so why would you do that on these?

Vehicle recovery drivers, responders, and salvage operators should be trained for dealing with a different kind of car just as they would for anything else.

Wade Ponder of Raleigh said he is not concerned about the safety of his Chevrolet Volt. "They did not follow the protocol," he said about the crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which led to battery fires. "They did not discharge the battery (after it was damaged)."
Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/11/29/1677376/alert-doesnt-stifle-enthusiasm.html#ixzz1fQVZc9EI

The media is using this as a chance to bash GM and others are using this to bash electric cars.

•Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe the Volt or other electric vehicles are at a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles. In fact, all vehicles -- both electric and gasoline-powered -- have some risk of fire in the event of a serious crash. NHTSA urges the following precautions in the event of a crash involving an electric vehicle:
Consumers are advised to take the same actions they would in a crash involving a gasoline-powered vehicle -- exit the vehicle safely or await the assistance of an emergency responder if they are unable to get out on their own, move a safe distance away from the vehicle, and notify the authorities of the crash.
•Emergency responders should check a vehicle for markings or other indications that it is electric-powered. If it is, they should exercise caution, per published guidelines, to avoid any possible electrical shock and should disconnect the battery from the vehicle circuits if possible.
•Emergency responders should also use copious amounts of water if fire is present or suspected and keeping in mind that fire can occur for a considerable period after a crash should proceed accordingly.
•Operators of tow trucks and vehicle storage facilities should ensure the damaged vehicle is kept in an open area instead of a garage or other enclosed building.
•Rather than attempt to discharge a propulsion battery, an emergency responder, tow truck operator, or storage facility should contact experts at the vehicle's manufacturer on that subject.
•Vehicle owners should not store a severely damaged vehicle in a garage or near other vehicles.
•Consumers with questions about their electric vehicles should contact their local dealers.


http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2011/11/nhtsa-volt-fire.html
 

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The cars were supposed to have the battery packs discharged after the crash. This was over a weak after the crashes that they caught fire. Its just the same as you would drain the fuel and disconnect the battery from a wrecked gas car. You wouldn't leave the electricals connected and fuel in the car on them so why would you do that on these?

Vehicle recovery drivers, responders, and salvage operators should be trained for dealing with a different kind of car just as they would for anything else.

Wade Ponder of Raleigh said he is not concerned about the safety of his Chevrolet Volt. "They did not follow the protocol," he said about the crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which led to battery fires. "They did not discharge the battery (after it was damaged)."
Read more: Road Worrier: Alert doesn't stifle enthusiasm for Volt - Road Worrier - NewsObserver.com

The media is using this as a chance to bash GM and others are using this to bash electric cars.

•Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe the Volt or other electric vehicles are at a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles. In fact, all vehicles -- both electric and gasoline-powered -- have some risk of fire in the event of a serious crash. NHTSA urges the following precautions in the event of a crash involving an electric vehicle:
Consumers are advised to take the same actions they would in a crash involving a gasoline-powered vehicle -- exit the vehicle safely or await the assistance of an emergency responder if they are unable to get out on their own, move a safe distance away from the vehicle, and notify the authorities of the crash.
•Emergency responders should check a vehicle for markings or other indications that it is electric-powered. If it is, they should exercise caution, per published guidelines, to avoid any possible electrical shock and should disconnect the battery from the vehicle circuits if possible.
•Emergency responders should also use copious amounts of water if fire is present or suspected and keeping in mind that fire can occur for a considerable period after a crash should proceed accordingly.
•Operators of tow trucks and vehicle storage facilities should ensure the damaged vehicle is kept in an open area instead of a garage or other enclosed building.
•Rather than attempt to discharge a propulsion battery, an emergency responder, tow truck operator, or storage facility should contact experts at the vehicle's manufacturer on that subject.
•Vehicle owners should not store a severely damaged vehicle in a garage or near other vehicles.
•Consumers with questions about their electric vehicles should contact their local dealers.


NHTSA Issues Statement on Investigation of Chevy Volt Fire, Electric Vehicle Safety - Fire Engineering
Same thing I said the morning it was announced.... As a dealer and being the proactive guy I am, I have had our Volt at Fire Departments weeks ago, going over the first responder guide I have posted on Chevy / Chevrolet Volt Milwaukee » The Newman Chevrolet Volt Site (800) 261-3020 Chevy / Chevrolet Volt Milwaukee

But when I was on the fire department 10 years ago, we always chopped the battery cables on crashed cars, and in some cases, removed the batteries...
 
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