General Motors said today that it will offer free loaner vehicles to Chevrolet Volt owners while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts an investigation into the safety of the plug-in hybrid. The auto line was recently cited for battery fires.
The probe by the NHTSA was announced on Friday after two crash tests of the Chevy Volt caused the battery to spark or catch fire. Car owners were sent a letter Monday from Mark Reuss, GM's North America CEO:
“First and foremost, I want to assure you of one very important thing: the Volt is a safe car. These recent tests show a very rare set of circumstances: A severe impact resulting in the battery and coolant lines being compromised. And then the passing of a significant amount of time before an electrical fire may take place.”
Weber Shandwick handled the US rollout of the Chevy Volt last fall.