The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a “formal safety defect investigation” into the Chevy Volt’s battery. Two fires occurred following crash tests. GM says that the fires started long after the car and battery were crashed. They added that this does not reflect a problem with the car but rather the protocol used to deal with batteries after a crash.
I think that GM is probably right but people need to know that if leakage from the battery occurs, there is a fire potential. GM needs to broadcast widely how to handle the problem so as to prevent fires from occurring.