General Motors recently announced that they plan to upgrade the steel structure and liquid cooling system in Chevrolet Volt models to alleviate growing concerns about the Volt being prone to catching fire after severe accidents. Each Volt features a 400-pound lithium-ion battery. In some accidents, the impact has caused the coolant system for the battery to rupture, resulting in the battery becoming overheated and catching fire. After receiving complaints about the fires, the federal government performed some safety tests on the Volt. During testing in June 2011, a Volt caught fire after a crash that targeted the battery and cooling system. Another Volt caught fire in November 2011 after a government crash test, which prompted the investigation into the safety of Volt models.
Just days ago, the struggling General Motors company recalled over 1.5 million vehicles for a strange reason. It turns out that a small company called Microheat provided a washer fluid heating system for installation in all kinds of GM vehicles. Cadillacs, Buicks, Hummers, Chevrolets and other GM models all have this system, which, according to recent reports, can overheat and cause a fire in the event of a short circuit.
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