General Motors will buy back Chevrolet Volts back from any owner who is afraid the electric cars will catch fire, the company CEO said Thursday.
In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, CEO Dan Akerson insisted that the cars are safe, but said the company will purchase the Volts because it wants to keep customers happy. Three fires have broken out in Volts after side-impact crash test done by the federal government.
Akerson said that if necessary, GM will recall the more than 6,000 Volts now on the road in the U.S. and repair them once the company and federal regulators figure out what caused the fires. (Source: Big Government)
Many of you are aware that I have been blogging about the Volt for the past year. The links are too numerous to link here, but if you are interested in updating click “Chevy Volt” on the left sidebar. I recommend you start with this one, then work your way through the post. Mike over at Stately McDaniel Manor has also been posting on this subject.
Golly, I wonder if GM would buy back my truck if I suddenly was unhappy with it. They wouldn’t, mostly because I don’t drive a Chevy, but also because they aren’t trying to keep the customers happy, they are trying cover their backsides. As far as I can tell none of the other models in the GM line are in danger of spontaneous combustion while resting in the garage.
One more thing I’d like to point out. The mileage the Volt delivers per charge has been sliding backwards. When GM initially released the Volt, there were some who said the Volt would get upwards of 75 miles per charge. In this recent commercial GM has dropped that distance to 35 miles.