Fire in crash test of Chevy Volt launches investigation

November 28th, 2011 - 7:53 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Nov 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has commenced investigation into the potential of electric cars catching fire. The administration released a statement saying there are concerns that the battery of electric cars may be prone to explosion.

The statement was issued just months after a crash test of Chevy Volt sent the vehicle in flames. The investigation has the potential to result in massive recall of electric cars and it’s expected to affect the way future electric cars are made.

Ahead of the results of the NHTSA investigation, consumers have been warned to exit their vehicles as soon as they crash their electric cars. However NHTSA is particularly concerned about the batteries of the Volt.

Admitting that the vehicle has the potential to reduce energy consumption, the administration warned that the vehicles present a danger.

Three weeks after a test crash of a Volt has been conducted last May, the vehicle exploded into flames. A damaged battery of volt which was also placed under observation by the administration also burst into flames last week.

Though there have been no reports of a Volts catching fire on the highway, Autoblog reported last April that two brand new Volts exploded into flames when they were being charged.

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