Florida Personal Injury Attorney: Update on Chevy Volt Fire Risk

by Carmen Dellutri on January 24, 2012

Cape Coral accident attorneyGeneral Motors has come up with a plan to address the potential risk of fire in Chevy Volts that have been involved in a serious crash. As we discussed on this blog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a safety defect investigation into the potential risk of fire in Chevy Volts last November.

Last month, GM announced that the fires experienced by the NHTSA occurred because coolant shorted out a printed circuit board in the battery pack when Volts were inverted to simulate a rollover after a severe crash test. It is now taking steps to address the problem.

Volt owners will receive letters in the mail next month announcing the fix, according to media reports. The changes include adding structural reinforcements to the underbody to spread the load of side crashes, thereby reducing the risk of intrusion into the battery pack and its coolant lines. GM will also add a sensor and a tamper-resistant bracket to the coolant reservoir to monitor the coolant level and prevent overfilling.

Will the Fix Work?

According to the NHTSA, it crash tested a Chevy Volt retrofitted with GM’s newly designed steel reinforcement device in a side-pole impact test on December 22. The results of that crash test showed no intrusion into the vehicle’s battery compartment, and no coolant leakage was apparent. Thus, the preliminary results of the crash test indicate the remedy proposed by GM should prevent further fires.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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