Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Government Motors: Can't Say Bad Things About the Volt

The Volt has problems. The Volt has had problems. Too bad the government body responsible of automobile safety didn't bother to say anything. Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed | News
Apparently, way back in June, General Motors heard about a Volt fire that happened three weeks after said vehicle was crash tested, yet it wasn’t until November that the company, or NHTSA disclosed there was a potential problem, urging both dealers and customers to drain the battery pack immediately following an accident.

As a result the public relations nightmare surrounding Chevy’s halo vehicle appears to be deepening, though a good deal of the blame in this case also rests with NHTSA.

Joan Claybrook, a former adminstrator at NHTSA believes part of the reason for the delay was the “fragility of Volt sales.” Yet she also believes that “NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert, not to tell them [customers] for six months makes no sense to me.”
Of course it makes sense. They are Government Motors. Socialized (i.e. handed to the Unions, and the rest "owned" by the government) by Dear Leader. Why would anybody say anything.

GM is now "redesigning" the lithium-ion battery system.

I said there was a problem a while back, and was jumped on for being "anti-environment." Of course the truth is that there was a problem. GM didn't put in much time on the Volt's battery compared to say Tesla.

The official "procedure" today is to power down the battery after a crash. But that is today.
until July it hadn’t finalized a standard proceedure to power down the battery system, the Volt had already been on sale in the US for six months at that juncture.
So no way for anyone to take these precautions for 6 months. Why wasn't the debut delayed until it was safe? Probably because the government - and government motors probably feels the same way - doesn't have to worry about little details like that.

1 comment:

Graybeard said...

You could argue that we taxpayers have partially paid for each Volt sold 3 times; we paid to bail out Glorious People's Automotive Collective #1, we paid a hefty tax incentive to ever Volt buyer, and we're paying to buy them back.

I feel so... dirty.