GM to Call Back All 8,000 Volts Sold in Past Two Years

by Marlo Lewis on January 5, 2012

in Features

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This just in. An AP story posted on Fox News reports that GM will ask Volt owners to bring in their vehicles to dealers for fire hazard-related structural modifications. Here’s the AP story in full:

AP Source: GM to call back 8,000 Chevy Volts

By TOM KRISHER | AP – 47 mins ago

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will strengthen the structure around the batteries in its Volt electric cars to keep them safe during crashes, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday.

GM will ask Volt owners to return the cars to dealers for structural modifications, said the person, who did not want to be identified because GM executives plan to announce the repairs later Thursday.

The fixes are similar to a recall and involve about 8,000 Volts sold in the U.S. in the past two years. GM is making the repairs after three Volt batteries caught fire following crash tests done by federal safety regulators. The fires occurred seven days to three weeks after tests and have been blamed on a coolant leak that caused an electrical short.

GM’s move is considered a step below a recall, which would be issued by a car company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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