Obama Motors to Recall 8000 Chevy Volts

Posted by on Jan 05, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hard to believe they even sold 8000 of these pieces of junk.

General Motors will strengthen the structure around the batteries in its Volt electric cars to keep them safe during crashes, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday.

GM will ask Volt owners to return the cars to dealers for structural modifications, said the person, who did not want to be identified because GM executives plan to announce the repairs later Thursday.

The fixes are similar to a recall and involve about 8,000 Volts sold in the U.S. in the past two years. GM is making the repairs after three Volt batteries caught fire following crash tests done by federal safety regulators. The fires occurred seven days to three weeks after tests and have been blamed on a coolant leak that caused an electrical short.

Good thing these are produced by Obama’s union buddies;  otherwise there might be some media hysteria like there was after the Toyota brake problems last year, which were mostly a result of driver incompetence.

The company sold 7,671 Volts last year, falling short of its goal of 10,000.

So pretty much every one in existence is being recalled.

Heckuva job, Bammy!

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7 Responses to “Obama Motors to Recall 8000 Chevy Volts”

  1. TW on 5/05/12 at 2:25 pm

    “The fires occurred seven days to three weeks after tests”

    I remember reading that these tests totaled the cars.

    That doesn’t sound like any sort of hazard to me: if you can’t get out of a totaled car seven days after the accident, it seems you have already encountered bigger problems (ex: death) than impending incineration.

  2. TW on 5/05/12 at 2:28 pm

    Why was this recall necessary? To make sure your car doesn’t combust a week or so after you total it?

  3. Elana Pate on 5/05/12 at 6:52 pm

    Wow- people are really blaming this on Obama? Beyond absurd. I get that people don’t like him but really? Now faulty car design is his fault? Wow. Quite pathetic.

  4. jackv on 5/05/12 at 8:04 pm

    Obama not to blame? He took over GM. GM subsequently spent billions of dollars on the Volt. They have only sold less than 8000 of them with a subsidy of about $600o per car. Of course nothing has happened yet in the real world. They probably only have a total of about 8,000,000 driven miles. Who else would we blame for this obscene waste of taxpayer dollars?

  5. apb on 6/06/12 at 11:33 am

    The post merely highlights one aspect of the epic financial failure that is Obama – crony bailouts (UAW, Solyndra), baseline gummint spending up 30%, real unemployment of 15% + (once you properly count discouraged workers off unemployment dole), bank bailouts, crony stimulus to keep state and local gummint employed, and on…and on…

    Zippy’s an intellectual lightweight and gasbag – not even qualified to read the questions on Jeopardy…

  6. ZZMike on 6/06/12 at 10:38 pm

    Bill Whittle says they actually cost about $250,000 apiece. So if you want the class of being able to tell people you’re driving a $250,000 car, go ahead and buy one.

    But a Maybach costs just a little more, and won’t immolate you:

    “The base price of a 2009 Maybach 57 was $344,000…”

    They’re made by Daimler (which also makes Mercedes), but sales have been a little slow (I have no idea why), and they’re going to close the brand next year.

    About that Volt:


    “TIANJIN, China — For General Motors and the Obama administration, the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid represents the automotive future, the culmination of decades of high-tech research financed partly with federal dollars.”

    They’re going on sale in China, for about $78,000. We can expect lots and lots of them to be driven all over the country.

    As usual, there’s a catch:

    “The Chinese government is refusing to let the Volt qualify for subsidies totaling up to $19,300 a car unless G.M. agrees to transfer the engineering secrets for one of the Volt’s three main technologies to a joint venture in China with a Chinese automaker, …”

    Considering that Obama’s going to give missile secrets to the Russians, there’s no doubt this will get a real quick go-ahead.

  7. Jeff Brown on 14/14/12 at 10:33 pm

    The cars were NOT totaled. They were subjected to damage similar to a sliding sideways, hitting something, then rolling over. The type of accident many people do walk away from with only minor injuries. I’ve seen rollovers where the people crawl out totally unhurt and unmarked.

    So now in any accident over 5 mph, Volt batteries have to be removed and left sitting away from anything flammable for a month, just to make sure? I don’t know about anyone else, but not having my car for a month would be a very big deal. Or do we automatically have to replace the $8000 batteries after every fender-bender?

    GM’s claims “it’s no big deal, it’s only a procedural thing is inexcusable”. If these tests hadn’t exposed this flaw to the public, how many people would GM have killed with these cars before making the “proper procedure” public?