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.
Today’s Toyota executives come bearing gifts to the American public. Amid a mammoth recall of several million late model Toyotas and increased scrutiny of the company’s track record on addressing safety issues, Toyota top brass are trying to revive trust and interest in their brand with new financial incentives for customers. Read the rest »
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