Obama admin suppressed information on potentially deadly Volt fires

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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Ferguson statement on House passage of The REINS Act

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Wednesday evening upon the U.S. House’s passage of H.R. 10, The REINS Act, which requires federal regulations costing more than $100 million be approved by Congress and the President before taking effect.

“The U.S. House of Representatives has taken an important first step to restoring job growth and restoring Congress as our only legislative legislative body by passing the REINS Act.

“American Tradition Partnership has been an early and active advocate for the REINS Act, working closely with Sen. Rand Paul and urging our nationwide grassroots support network to phone, fax, e-mail and write their lawmakers in support of this critically needed reform.

“Instead of the current regime of “regulation without representation” where political activists with federal employee badges write their own rules, major federal regulations that impact Americans must go through a transparent, accountable rulemaking process.

“The question now is will senators join the House and the majority of voters who support the REINS Act?  Will Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, Maria Cantwell, Claire McCaskill and others vote with job creators and their constituents, or will they side with the D.C. establishment and special interests who are choking off job growth?

“American Tradition Partnership, and our growing nationwide army of grassroots supporters, will be watching.”

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting private property rights and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.