Chevy Volt owners don't just buys their cars on a whim. And as we've
discussed before, they're not about to let a few reports of Volt fires
faze them out of ownership.
Yet in good faith and product confidence, GM isn
't leaving safe enough alone.
In an unprecedented, voluntary effort, GM is contacting all Volt owners to offer them temporary use of another new model
until formal NHTSA
investigations are complete. And said new model need not necessarily be another Volt. It could be a sensible and similarly-styled Cruze
or, as noted by Jalopnik
, it could be Chevy's original high-voltage car: the Corvette
Don't take this as an attempt by GM to gloss over any gory incidents. To date, none of the few reported fires involving customer-delivered Volts have been attributed to the cars themselves.
Even the lone example's battery pack that burned after a NHTSA
severe crash test only did so a full three weeks after impact. Subsequent controlled tests to duplicate the results produced just one battery pack fire, one week after damage.
Lessening the likelihood further is GM's practice of sending a technician to fully drain battery packs of heavily damaged consumers' Volts after the cars' OnStars
send an electronic ouch notification.
Slim odds of such an ugly occurrence notwithstanding, GM's forthright loaner car offer stands--even with no Volt owners reportedly taking advantage thus far.
We would probably be the exception to that rule. It would simply be too tempting to resist; a vacation from the everyday car. Like a long weekend in Vegas, you know there'll be plenty of time for sensibility. Just not for a little while.
In that case, we might have to skip the 'Vette
and put a Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
into action. How about you?