GM Offering Loaner Cars to Volt Owners

GM says the Chevrolet Volt is safe as it offers Volt owners free loaner cars.

GM says the Chevrolet Volt is safe as it offers Volt owners free loaner cars. (GM)

If you’re one of the 5,000 or so Americans that have joined the electric vehicle movement by buying a Chevrolet Volt, you’ve probably been following the news regarding fires on Volts that were crash tested by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As you may recall, a Chevrolet Volt caught fire in a storage facility three weeks after the NHTSA had conducted a side-impact crash test. That got the NHTSA’s attention, and since then, two other Volts have undergone crash testing and also caught fire. So the NHTSA opened a formal safety defect investigation on the Volt, which is currently underway.

General Motors continues to say that Chevrolet Volts are safe, but they’ve decided they’ll be contacting each of the more than 5,000 Volt owners to let them know first-hand GM’s stance. And in a measure to reassure any concerned Volt owner, the automaker has also established a loaner car program for them while the safety investigation continues.

GM has long maintained that the NHTSA hadn’t followed proper post-crash procedures when they crashed tested the first Volt that caught fire. Had those procedures been followed, the fires experienced by the NHTSA wouldn’t have occurred.  They’ve also pointed out that none of the handful of Volts that have been involved in real-world crashes have caught fire. According to GM, the battery isn’t involved in the fire, but rather, the electronics contained within them.

“We don’t think there’s an immediate fire risk,” said GM North American President Mark Reuss. “This is a post-crash activity.”

If you owned a Chevrolet Volt, would you take advantage of GM’s offer of a free loaner car?


About Cecil Helton

Cecil Helton Cecil Helton is a U.S.-based writer and editor with passions for cars, motorcycles, boats, technology and social media. Much of his professional life since 1996 has been web-centric, and he’s written and developed content on a variety of subjects. His work in the houseboat industry received wide acclaim, such as winning the 1999 Cisco Systems Growing with Technology award and being named one of five finalists in the manufacturing sector of the 2000 Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards. As an Air Force brat, he spent much of his childhood in a two-year cycle of moving to a new place, making new friends, establishing a life, and then moving again. Destinations included: Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, the Greek isle of Crete, California and Ohio. Today you’ll find Cecil coping with his 15 year old son’s decision to pursue a motorcycle license at the same time he gets his driver’s license, being active across the web on multiple social media sites, and of course, writing articles and creating content on automotive and car insurance related topics right here at CarInsurance.org.


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