It seems that the great brouhaha over the Chevy Volt fires may be coming to a close as there is a soft recall out for all 3,800 Volts out there. The meat and potatoes of the fix involves reinforcement of the battery enclosure and a sensor to monitor coolant leaks.
The nature of the recall is one of cost cutting; given that GM is offering a few paltry dealer incentives for Saab owners, it makes sense that they only chose to offer the fix as a voluntary action. The free fix will also be offered to the European equivalent: the Opel Ampera.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has approved of the recall. Administrator David Strickland said he is “comfortable” with the recall, but the investigation produced by the crash test fires is far from over.
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The NHTSA is not finished investigating whether or not the recall, which involves a reinforced protection cell for the batteries in addition to a coolant leakage sensor will completely negate the risk of fire.
– By: Sawyer Sutton