It's a safe wager that no one expected the report of the Chevrolet Volt fire after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test to turn into a Congressional dressing-down. The short story: NHTSA crash-tested a Volt in May, that car caught fire in June while in storage, and NHTSA alerted the public about the fire in November. Certain politicians have wondered if politics played a part in waiting until November to report the fire, and now a House panel is holding a hearing called "Volt Vehicle Fire: What did NHTSA know and when did they know it?" to find out.

According to The Detroit News, the proceedings have now drawn General Motors CEO Dan Akerson into its maw, Akerson agreeing to testify before the panel next week. Akerson's name hasn't come up so far as a Person of Interest, so it looks like the panel is looking to anyone who might have reason to know anything about what has been called "the silence."

NHTSA has already said, in response to questioning, that the White House had nothing to do with the timeline and we can't imagine that the NHTSA was taking its orders from Akerson. The group of pols headed by California Republican Darrell Issa believes that NHTSA has not adequately addressed the panel's concerns, so agency chief David Strickland will be there alongside Akerson to answer questions.


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      Kimura
      • 2 Years Ago
      Batteries (especially lithium) can catch fire from impact. Who knew? Next they're going to call automakers into a hearing when they discover that gasoline is flammable! And Congress wonders why their approval ratings are at an all time low.
      Jerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a crock of !@$&. Remember who is pushing for this BS festival next November.
      bman78
      • 2 Years Ago
      i wonder if this would have happened if it wasn't a campaign season.
      LMI500
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with most of the comments on here. The House instead finding ways to take vacations and yes to use this word again...do a witchunt, they should be doing what they are asked to do and that is work on WAY more important problems with the country than this.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those people standing in the platform - "Cool, do another one!"
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      the f***ing republicans don't rest until they destroy all the jobs in the US. These republican dinosaurs are an embarrassement to the country. If the Chinese would put all their resources into destroying the USA they wouldn't be as successful as the republican saboteurs are currently doing it. Starting with the "leadersh" of the retarded Bush administration and continued with the current cry baby speaker of the house leading the herd of republican clowns, the USA is being degraded to an impotent struggling economic behemoth.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kontroll
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          rlog100
          • 2 Years Ago
          Are those permanent jobs associated with increased refining activity or temporary construction jobs. I'm assuming the latter.
          jrwgti17
          • 2 Years Ago
          I, also, was somewhat disappointing to hear that the pipeline proposal was turned down.
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          Anyone mentally challenged enouph to take anything ultra liberal Cornell has to say seriously deserves a root canal through the anus without drugs. It took close to 900 construction workers to build a 275 mile pipeline in the south. What's not being told is the vast amount of jobs outside of the pipeline could be created with the aid of cheaper fuel. Once it becomes affordable to put Americans back on the road again, just sit back and watch this economy boom. Because of turmoil in Iran and the lack of leadership from Obama, including the moritoriums on drilling and mining, most if not all anylists predict $5 per gallon gas by June. All it would take is for the President to grow a pair and stand up to the whacky tree huggers and sign off on Keystone. Once it's signed watch how fast mid-east oil prices drop.
          dukeisduke
          • 2 Years Ago
          That's okay; I'm sure the Chinese will appreciate his generosity.
          Tiberius1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Urchin, not to be picky, but more on the order of 20000-30000 jobs..but jobs none the less..also see how Soetoro (via the lovely (corrupt) NLRB) treated Boeing in SC...that little runaound cost the BEST aircraft manufacturer on the planet millions and kept them from hiring thousands..now who is anti job??
          quagmire
          • 2 Years Ago
          He killed a pipeline whose routing would put it next to environmentally critical areas, oh like say a reservoir where peoples drinking water comes from..... How would you like to drink water from that reservoir after the pipeline started to leak oil into it? He killed the pipeline based on the current proposal. All that needs to be done is to reroute the pipeline away from environmentally critical areas and refile the permit request and chances are it would be approved.
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        lol wow. You need to take your medication and go back to dailykos
        tylermars.design
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        just.....take it easy there big guy.....jesus christ.........
        johnb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        Barry has given us and our grandchildren 6.5 Trillion dollars of new debt in 3 years, as much as all previous presidents combined, with zero to show for it except Waivers for people opting out of his disastrous BOcare. Yes, the Republicans are almost as bad, but I think you need to take a time-out to think things over.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's safe to say the Volt has been a disaster of epic proportions. It's not the kind of car a bankrupt company propped up on tax dollars and hope needs.
        Azaghal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        I think it's safe to say that this comment was posted with no education on the subject at hand.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      the volt isn't anymore dangerous than any petrol driven car! this whole discussion makes me sick as it just shows again who has the power....the big petrol lobbies.
      Tim Tav
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing to see here, please move on. Its a crash tested car that was not properly de-energized.
        krische
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tim Tav
        I'm guessing after all of this, there is going to be a more official documentation on how to de-energize electric vehicles after accidents.
          Tim Tav
          • 2 Years Ago
          @krische
          Those documents already exisit. They just need to be read.
      xtabay1
      • 2 Years Ago
      So these republicans are all about deregulation and less government involvement unless UNLESS it suits their political purposes! This is different than Toyota, where the issue was multiple reports of unwanted acceleration in cars currently operating on the roads. With the Volt it was a car that was intentionally destroyed and that caught fire a MONTH later. Two very different circumstances. Yes, it should be looked into, but not by CONGRESS! The public doesn't tend to sit around next to totaled Volts or any other type of totaled vehicle. So what public safety concern? Would a gasoline car (or non-GM car) that caught fire cause congress to conduct an investigation?
        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xtabay1
        You lost credibility with all that information. One of the volts caught fire a few hours later. Google it. Yes, it was done in laboratory settings but the fact is that IT WAS REPRODUCIBLE. The Toyota problem wasn't even reproducible. All they got out of it was doule-stacked floormats (which can happen to any car) and a few sticky pedals that may or may not have contributed to a single case. In the end only ONE case was linked to a Toyota "defect" and that was stacked floormats.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Famsert
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      D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good thing congress has nothing else to do. I love how a car - A CAR has become politicized. I hope these members in congress remember that GM is the same company that brought them the Hummer H2, the Escalade EXT and the 2500 HD Suburban. GM has a lapse in judgement and all of a sudden want to become relevant in the world market and down comes the ban hammer. I wonder why this same level of scrutiny isn't being paid to all safety recalls.
      bvz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh for for the love of Christ, can't we outsource congress? Why do these buffoons even have jobs? At least the average American is working and productive. Based on everything I ever hear them say or do I'm pretty sure these morons never got past junior high. Darrell Issa in particular is little more than a walking fart. If we off-shored their jobs I bet government would run twice as smoothly.
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