GM CEO Called to Testify Before House Panel on Volt Fires
January 19, 2012 9:50 PM
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House Panel wants to know when the NHTSA knew about the fire risk
GM handled the fire issues during testing of the Volt as well as the company could. It was a situation that made more than a few Volt owners worry and certainly hurt Volt sales at the end of the year causing GM to miss Volt sales goals. Eventually, the testing found the issue and a
recall was issued
to repair the vehicles.
The recall will see dealerships add in a steel plate that will help protect the battery pack inside the car in the event of an accident. The NHTSA has tested Volts with the new plate and found that it fixes the issue.
Issuing a recall and finding the cure, however, doesn't get GM completely off the hook with Washington. GM's chairman and CEO Dan Akerson will testify at a hearing on Volt fires before a House panel investigating the fire risk. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hear Akerson's testimony along with the testimony of David Strickland, the head of the NHTSA.
"Dan has agreed to testify at the hearing, and he looks forward to doing it," GM spokesman Greg Martin said.
The reason for the investigation apparently has to do with the massive bailout money that GM was given by the U.S. government to keep the automaker solvent when the economy went bad. The hearing is titled, "Volt Vehicle Fire: What did NHTSA know and when did they know it?" It seems some of the issue with the Volt fires is that the NHTSA reportedly knew about the fire issue in June of 2011 and didn't inform the White House until September.
The public wasn't notified of the fire risk until November 12, and that was after reports surfaced in the media. The NHTSA says that after an investigation concluded damage to the battery pack was the cause of the fire, that happened three weeks after the crash test, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was briefed. The NHTSA formal investigation was launched on November 25.
Spokesperson Ali Ahmad for Issa said, "NHTSA has stalled on responding to the committee's inquiry for six weeks and inexplicably refused to provide any documents. The committee expects full compliance with its request and will consider compulsory methods if NHTSA does not immediately change its position."
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1/20/2012 8:44:53 AM
So GM is welding steel plates onto the Volt because of politics? Ummm, ok, you're going to have to back that up before you make a claim like that.
But this is the problem with public money being used for a private corporation isn't it? And why people like me were so against it. We're always going to wonder if politics is involved in everything related to GM from now on, not simply business. GM is on the hook so to speak, indebted to the Government not just financially, but POLITICALLY. And that is never a situation that we should be in. Ever.
Now if you want a real example of political game playing, look no further than Toyota and the shameful victimization played upon them by our good old inept Congress. People jamming their floor mats under the gas pedal is, last time I checked, NOT a Congressional matter.
More cars have exploded
Only in movies lol. Cars do not "explode" in real life.
1/20/2012 9:51:16 AM
Uh, yeah, OP had a good point.
I'm sure that's gotta burn some rears with __________ (R) for names.
It's not very common to drag CEOs of companies before congress on something that hasn't been found to be a problem. Toyota was a damn shame too, although I'm still not convinced anyone is telling the truth on that one (drivers or Toyota). This is suspicious of retribution.
1/28/2012 3:38:55 PM
But this is the problem with public money being used for a private corporation isn't it? And why people like me were so against it.
And yet, mysteriously, I can't recall a single post of your complaining about this UNLESs and UNTIL something about it appears on Fox News. Public money has subsidised farmers, oil companies, corn, etc. for YEARS, but you don't complain about THAT. If the republicans had suggested that automakers be bailed out, you'd be here singing GM's praises.
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