The Chevy Volt has hit its first snag, but GM seems to be handling it in stride. After some battery fire issues during crash testing, GM is taking steps to ensure that Volt drivers have a safe vehicle on their hands.
According to the AP, GM is encouraging Volt drivers to bring their vehicle into a dealer where mechanics will "strengthen the structure around the batteries." Extra steel will be added to the plates that surround the batteries making them better protected during an impact and preventing any coolant leaks that were the cause of the crash test fires. The fix has been confirmed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency.
This isn't a formal recall, but affects about 8,000 cars out on the road and another 4,400 for sale.
Initially after the test fires, GM offered Volt drivers an opportunity to sell back their cars or to be provided a loaner replacement. To prevent fires after any real-world crashes, GM has been sending out teams to drain batteries after being notified by the vehicles' OnStar system.
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