Did GM and Feds Collude to Hide Green Car Battery Fires?

by Marlo Lewis on January 26, 2012

in Blog, Features

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At a hearing Wednesday morning, GOP members of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs opined that General Motors (GM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) colluded to withhold information from the public about battery fires in the Chevy Volt, the plug-in hybrid car lavishly subsidized by the Obama administration as part of its bailout of the auto industry, the Washington Post reports.

NHTSA began to investigate the green car’s safety risk in June after a test car caught fire, but waited until November to inform the public. Subcommittee Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called the delay “deeply troubling,” particularly because the Government owns 26.5% of GM shares and an expanding market for electric vehicles is critical to the administration’s plan to raise fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg.

“Strickland,” says the Post, “insisted there was no connection and said he had not been pressured by anyone from the administration on the investigation.” So why the delay?

Strickland said he would have gone public immediately if there were an imminent safety risk. He said it would have been irresponsible to tell people that something was wrong with the Volt while experts looked into the cause of the fire.

“I hear you. I don’t believe you,” said full Committee Chair Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.). Issa has good reason to be skeptical.

At a previous Subcommittee hearing, Strickland and two EPA officials denied under oath that motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards are “related to” fuel economy standards. In so doing, as I explain on BigGovernment.Com, they denied plain facts they must know to be true. They lied to Congress.


mkurbo January 29, 2012 at 2:25 am

So let’s get this straight, the Fed. Gov. which owns GM and has a significant monetary investment in GM has had one of “it’s” agencies investigate a vehicle safety issue on one of GM’s products and determine there is no problem.

And how is this NOT a conflict of interest ?

Chris January 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

The first Volt sold in CT burst into flames in the middle of the night and burned the people house down….

william bullers January 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

Just another example of the president trying to force his green agenda on us.
Its great if industry is trying to better the enviroment but let those who know what they want to do and do it right instead of the pols telling them what to do.

Debbie Texas January 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

Reminds me of the FDA failure to inform the public in Oct 2004 of the filthy stuff (rat feces, etc) they found in ConAgra/Peter Pan Peanut Butter and their failure to follow up on the conditions that caused it…or what happened to that distribution of pb..which they never accounted for as I understand it. For two years people continued to get sick and the conditions stayed the same. Even after confirming Salmonella and God knows what else; they still neglected to inform the public between Aug 06 and Feb 07. I guess the risk was not there…even though people were dying.

Oh, and then there was the failure to inform the public of the economic- Title Insurance, Mortgage and Investment fraud we were taking to the FBI, White House and Representatives begging for investigations, arrests and public notification…HUD confirmed some things when pushed, but the back room Settlements were buried in an effort to keep the public from knowing. Millions of dollars in fines that wind up in the agency coffers; but no prosecutions and well designed rules to prevent victims from being paid out of the victims’ funds…and who enjoys the cash? The agencies give themselves raises and build new facilities and throw parties or go on retreats.

Who is going to investigate the public corruption when the agencies entrusted and paid to do so are in the tank and pockets of the criminal corporations? Who is going to prosecute for the crimes and ongoing non-compliance? NO ONE … they tell me the agencies don’t overlap. HUHH?

hmmmmm…does anybody see a pattern?

Debbie Texas January 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

The really heinous aspect of these scams and dereliction of duty is that the courts, attorneys and all who act as fiduciaries to the victims work together to prevent restitution. People wait years for agency reports to back up their righteous and valid claims only to be told those complaints and Settlements will not be published or released….WHY? Doesn’t the public have the right to know before they purchase a dangerous or fraudulent product/service? Isn’t that why our taxes are used to pay these public servants?

People suffer for years while attorneys make back room deals with the perpetrators and the judges play along for the benefit of everyone but the real victims…only to be pitched to the curb with little ceremony and empty excuses. The only people who benefit and are paid for their complicity are the attorneys, judges and the victims have nothing but memories and documentation of empty promises and nowhere to take them.

Engineer February 25, 2012 at 12:25 am

The reasons why smart people do not buy Electric or Hybrid cars are: Batteries are expensive, short lived, efficiency isn’t 100 % and the electricity is not free. Going electric you won’t decrease Air Pollution because, 50 % of the electricity is produced by burning COAL. By the way a Jetta Diesel, TDI for $23000 makes 40MPG. With a full tank of Chevy Volt, driving non-stop, you make 37MPG, plus $3 or more, the price of electricity you charged 16.0-kW-hr lithium-ion, the hefty $10000 of the 750-pound battery pack.
Using Chevy Volt, in the Electric Mode Only, Charging and Discharging the battery pack every day, is going to cost you $1000 in electricity, plus $3000 in the battery amortization, with a TOTAL of $4000 per year.

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