GM willing to buy back Volts

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- The top executive at General Motors says the company will buy back Chevrolet Volts from any owner who is afraid the electric cars will catch fire.

CEO Daniel Akerson told The Associated Press Thursday that the cars are safe. But he says GM would buy back the vehicles to keep customers happy. Three fires have broken out in Volts after side-impact crash tests done by a federal safety agency. The fires happened seven days to three weeks after the tests.

Akerson also says that GM could recall more than 6,000 Volts now on U.S. roads, if necessary, and fix them once the company and safety regulators figure out what caused the fires.

GM says no Volts involved in real-world crashes have caught fire.


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  • by Why Worried? on Dec 2, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    I'm not sure what the worry is here. Car fires happen all the time with gasoline powered cars. Wasn't there one in a hospital parking lot just last week? -- http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Car_catches_fire_in_hospital_parking_lot_134438548.html
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      by TK on Dec 2, 2011 at 09:42 AM in reply to Why Worried?
      I agree! Not only that, but the fires happened "seven days to weeks after the side impact crash" How hard were these cars hit, and should GM really have to buy the cars back if the problem could have happened because the car got toasted from the side?
  • by taxpayer on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:39 AM
    What? They're willing to buy back both of them? If I remember right, the US govt kicked in $5000 to each buyer. Yep, our govt giving away our $$...redistribution.
  • by fred Location: rice lake on Dec 1, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    That's all nice and everything, but who's gonna buy back this Obama guy and give us a reliable President who actually cares about us?
  • by Meanwhile, in Eau Claire... on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    The city council is planning to spend $50K of our tax money to buy one.
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