House Republicans ask GM CEO why he didn’t notify public of Volt fire sooner

House Republicans have sent a letter over to General Motors CEO Dan Akerson asking him for a ‘detailed narrative’ on how the automaker learned about a fire risk involving the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery. They have also asked why GM didn’t let the public know of the issue sooner.

The House’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has asked GM and NHTSA why they waited until November to tell owners, dealers and emergency personnel about a post-crash fire in June involving a crash test performed on the Volt. The test-Volt caught fire in a storage facility three weeks after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the vehicle for side-impact safety.

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However, GM and NHTSA didn’t announce the the fire had occurred until November.

“In light of the public outrage over Toyota’s delayed disclosure, why did GM fail to disclose safety deficiencies with the Volt for five months?” the letter asks Akerson.

Better have a good answer Akerson.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive news