The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed the Obama administration didn't ask the government agency to delay announcing potential safety issues with the Chevrolet Volt. According to The Detroit News, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was briefed about Volt fires that occurred after two crash tests in September, three months after the first extended-range hybrid began smoldering. According to the report, the office of the president was then informed of the fires shortly thereafter, as well as being notified of NHTSA's intent to investigate whether the results of the tests could be replicated.

The Detroit News quotes NHTSA administrator David Strickland as saying no one within the office of the president "requested or in any way suggested that NHTSA delay public release of information related to the Volt fire."

That seems to be a fairly definitive answer to the three house Republicans who asked General Motors and the Obama administration whether the White House had called for any delay in publicly disclosing the Volt fires. A House panel plans to undertake a hearing on the Volt controversy later this month.


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      RJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here it comes, a partisan witch hunt.
      tipdrip215
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cue Laser's VaporVolt rants.
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let the partisan warfare begin!
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't politicians just stay the heck away from automobile business for once? Just STFU and do what they are supposed to do, our budget is messed up, our healthcare reform needs tons of work, people are still losing their houses and jobs - this is no time for bipartisan crap and dirt slinging fights. No more bailout talk, you want to hate then hate on the banks and investment groups that bankrupted us. This is not Republican or Democrat, there will be morons from both parties because - that's right, they are politicians. Anyone who believes otherwise should either run for office or look in the mirror while pointing fingers. Sick and tired of politics, sick and tired of corporations messing with politics, and politics messing with corporations. How about this - lets put on the ballot that all business contribution to politics be made anonymous, place into a joint account that will be SHARED amongst all political parties. Money talks in politics? Last I check this is democracy, and people are sick and tired of it.
      julianlaroche
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably when they have more charging infrastucture it will hep sales. It is another expense to have electrical work done to install home charger and buying charger. If you live in a city and apartment complexes or street parking it would be difficult to accomodate charging all the cars. So that narrows the cars potential sales by quite a bit, the suburbs are a better location to buy install chargers and charge the EVs.
        • 2 Years Ago
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          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          Arguably, if you live in NYC and want to be Green (and where there's no room for a car), you'd use public transit anyway.
      Julius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure why the delay in reporting is much of an issue (except in political terms). I mean, come on. Are those same people decrying the inefficiency of the Federal Government really expecting a report from an agency about a lab-only event in shorter than three months? NHTSA took TWO YEARS to investigate the Toyota accelerator pedal issue, one that caused real deaths.
      a.gothe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, and we should believe the Obama administration because they always tell the truth...... right.
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        @a.gothe
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      delsolo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another Republican fishing trip coming up empty, but I guess it beats focusing on jobs.
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      For anyone that believes this BS (that the White House did NOT ask the NHTSA to keep the fires under wraps) I have a bridge for sale. Face it, the Obama admin has been covering stuff up (like Fast and Furious) on a regular basis. They have shown that they don't care if people die due to their incompentence (Fast and Furious) to promote their leftist agenda. Only a blind democrat supporter would believe this BS....
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        @nsxrules
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        Indubitably
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        So... who died?
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        What a load of hypocritical bs....
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        @nsxrules
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      RustyShackelford
      • 2 Years Ago
      The biggest hurdle to the success of the Volt may not be the fires (overblown issue), the price (adjusted for inflation, it's only a few thousand more out the door than the first gen Prius), or the car itself. It's that the Volt has become a political lightening rod, and as such, logic and reason have nothing whatsoever to do with peoples' perceptions of this car. People reject it because they reject the bailout, Obama's green agenda, and various other political viewpoints that have nothing to do with the merits (or lack thereof) of the car itself.
        • 2 Years Ago
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        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RustyShackelford
        Enough of a lightning rod to make me go out and drive it. Probably not enough to make me buy it...it's radically overpriced notwithwithstanding the billions of tax dollars poured into its development. Still...it's the only GM car other than a Corvette I'd be interested in driving, or even being seen in. Well, pickups and Suburbans are ok. Escalades, not so much that you want to risk being jacked....
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      The bailouts worked and GM is looking like they are on track to become the world's #1 automaker again. The current crop of Republicans in Congress ran partially on the notion that the auto bailouts were a bad idea and a failure. This is what grasping at straws looks like. If roles were reversed, the Democrats would probably be making the same accusations. This is just the state of politics in America, a series of petty, contrived "scandals" aimed at keeping the public divided, uninformed, and easy to manipulate.
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        @Making11s
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        @Making11s
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          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          In any normal bankruptcy, that $55 Billion in liabilities would have disappeared anyway. All that the Government did was functionally provide the debtor-in-possession financing... and arguably, it's only fair, because the Government did the same thing with Bear Sterns for JP Morgan Chase - a $29 Billion loan to buy Bear Sterns (at $0.07 on the dollar), using $30 Billion in toxic mortgage securities as collateral.
        stclair5211
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        It did not work. And how can you justify something like this? At what cost??? The taxpayers lost billions. Period. Fact. Proven. Spin all you want. How do you decide who gets a bailout? So I if I start a business? Or only ones with large unions member rolls??? Not to mention it was UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Read a history book. You are obviously a product of the public education system. Also you are a troll. One of these leftist nuts who will defend this A hole no matter what because you sold your soul to the devil. Evil. Period. Did Obama promise you a suit in the secret bunker under the Denver airport they are all going too when they collapse the economy. Oops. I mentioned the SECRET base under the... DENVER AIRPORT. My bad. Look it up people. The DENVER airport.
          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @stclair5211
          Be careful... your tin-foil is slipping.
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