Despite holding information showing the Obama-mandated Chevy Volt electric car had in at least one case burst into flames three weeks after a crash test, both government-controlled General Motors and the Obama administration refused to disclose the potentially deadly defect,” Autoguide reports.
Joan Claybrook, a former adminstrator at NHTSA, tells Autoguide she believes the Obama administration did not release the information because of the “fragility of Volt sales.”
According to Claybrook the “NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert” and “not to tell them [customers] for six months makes no sense to me.”
“As a result the public relations nightmare surrounding Chevy’s halo vehicle appears to be deepening, though a good deal of the blame in this case also rests with NHTSA,” Autoguide reports.
The fire was caused by a defect in the toxic metal battery’s cooling system. General Motors sold the Obama-mandated vehicle to the public for six months before finally coming up with a procedure to power down the battery after a crash.
“It’s no secret Barack Obama wanted the Chevy Volt rolled out as soon as possible to score a political victory. Did Obama pressure General Motors to sell a vehicle they all knew was a potential deadly fireball?,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.
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