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Chevy Volt Battery Fires: Experts Say Engineers Managing Risks Properly

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The cooling system in the Chevy Volt's battery was designed to handle the potential temperature instabilities of lithium-ion batteries.   (Photo courtesy of GM.)
The cooling system in the Chevy Volt's battery was designed to handle the potential temperature instabilities of lithium-ion batteries.
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Jennifer Campbell
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Jennifer Campbell   12/2/2011 11:47:28 AM
It is very surprising to me (and unprecedented) that GM has extended the offer to buy back the car from worried owners. I would think that if you were going to buy a Volt, you would have done extensive research before handing over the money and driving off the lot. It seems any question of the car's potential safety issues should have surfaced long ago.


Rob Spiegel
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When do they catch fire?
Rob Spiegel   12/2/2011 11:28:16 AM
Nice follow-up story, Chuck.

I'm curious about the stats on the problem/non-problem. Is this a rare occurrence or is it statistically significant -- as the Ford Pinto was? Also, are there certain circumstances in which a fire occurs? The story shows an impact test. Is this how the fires get started?

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