The National Higway Traffic Safety Administration has officially closed the book on its investigation into the Chevrolet Volt. The result finds that "no discernible defect trend exists" and "Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles."

NHTSA supports the modifications developed by General Motors to address "specific attributes" particular to electric vehicles in the event of a crash. GM is retrofitting the nearly 8,000 Volts sold with additional side reinforcements and a sensor to detect coolant leaks, which was found to be the cause of the short-circuiting battery and resulting fires. The agency also issued guidelines for first responders and auto shops coming who encounter Volts that have been involved in accidents.

That means the safety fire has been put out, but a political fire still burns in Congress. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and NHTSA head David Strickland will face a House panel in a few days to answer questions about the timeline of the investigation. Follow the jump to read NHTSA's statement on the investigation.
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NHTSA Statement on Conclusion of Chevy Volt Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2012
Contact: Lynda Tran, 202-366-9550


WASHINGTON, DC - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the following statement today regarding the conclusion of its safety defect investigation into the post-crash fire risk of Chevy Volts (PE11037):

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its safety defect investigation into the potential risk of fire in Chevy Volts that have been involved in a serious crash. Opened on November 25, the agency's investigation has concluded that no discernible defect trend exists and that the vehicle modifications recently developed by General Motors reduce the potential for battery intrusion resulting from side impacts.

NHTSA remains unaware of any real-world crashes that have resulted in a battery-related fire involving the Chevy Volt or any other electric vehicle. NHTSA continues to believe that electric vehicles show great promise as a safe and fuel-efficient option for American drivers. However, as the reports released in conjunction with the closure of the investigation today indicate, fires following NHTSA crash tests of the vehicle and its battery components - and the innovative nature of this emerging technology - led the agency to take the unusual step of opening a safety defect investigation in the absence of data from real-world incidents.

Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles. Generally all vehicles have some risk of fire in the event of a serious crash. However, electric vehicles have specific attributes that should be made clear to consumers, the emergency response community, and tow truck operators and storage facilities. Recognizing these considerations, NHTSA has developed interim guidance - with the assistance of the National Fire Protection Association, the Department of Energy, and others - to increase awareness and identify appropriate safety measures for these groups. The agency expects this guidance will help inform the ongoing work by NFPA, DOE, and vehicle manufacturers to educate the emergency response community, law enforcement officers, and others about electric vehicles.

For additional information on the Volt investigation and others, visit www.SaferCar.gov.


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      alexkoolur
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      Gov't clears Gov't Motors. Sure. The volt is POINTLESS. For $30k less you can get the same gas mileage in a Toyota/Honda
        Hampton
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        @alexkoolur
        LOL!.....gas mileage... ...and what about the plug?
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          alexkoolur
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          @Hampton
          This is NOT a true electric and the technology has already been far surpassed. How about the Nissan leaf if you want to pretend your car purchase has any impact on the environment or put you in better standing with your sissy neighbors
          Lemon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hampton
          Fat Kid, Electricity does cost money, but it costs SIGNIFICANTLY less than gas.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not really a Surprise, horrible car company that knows how to bribe.
        Jason Allen
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        @KAG
        So very stupid. Brainless idiot, surprise, makes claims faux mews told him to. But you do deserve some credit, if I had a brain as worthless as yours I wouldn't use it either. :)
      John
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      and if you believe that then I have some ocean front property in Ohio to sell you
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        caddy-v
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        The only word I can think of to describe that post is gobbledegook. As a staunch Republican conservative I do not link ANY car manufacturer with ANY political party in ANY way, shape or form. UAW? A different conversation for a different time. I challenge you to link a single board member on any of the big three boards to the liberal left. I've been considering a Volt for my daily commute to the shop and for an errand car for the office and I'm as conservative as they come. PS: Check your spelling once in a while. You come off as a public school student taught by left wing teachers.
        Jason Allen
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        Such convoluted 'thinking' that uses so many assumptions and fake 'facts' (like repubs are wealthier, not true) is nothing but justification for your own previous political leanings. Myth about apartment buildings?!?!? Idiots like you put those words in the sentences together, so tell yourself off! You live in a black and white world that has nothing to do with reality. People should buy a volt if it makes sense, only morons and tools look at cars the way your posts look at them. So pathetic you act.
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        Hampton
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        ...so we're comparing cars out currently to cars that "JUST" hit the auto show circuit but aren't in production yet? I guess that job you'll have in 5 years is making more than I make today, right?
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        mchlrus1
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        I actually agree with you, it's a much better deal.
      SooooRight
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      POS from Govt. Motors, who cares besides all the little moron occupy wall street idiots that post here daily from their parents basement.
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      lasertekk
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      A scientific study, likely conducted by engineers? The conclusion of the study says nothing is going on. Do you really believe the results will be accepted by the 'prosecuting' political party who's anti-science constituents believe the eath is only 6000 years old?
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          BFE
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          Christianity is evil.
          caddy-v
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          Yeah, those evil war mongering republicans.. Democrat presidents in war mode: Polk-Mexican American war McKinley-Spanish American war Wilson-WW1 Roosevelt-WW2 Truman-WW2 and Korea Kennedy-Viet Nam and almost the end of the world with Russia/Cuba Johnson-Viet Nam on steroids Republicans: Bush 1-Iraq Bush 2-Iraq/Afganistan I wanted to count Lincoln but the war was started by liberal democrats from the south. Yeah, those war mongering Republicans.
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          tump
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          wow, caddy-v, revisionist history much? Jesus Christ, next thing you'll say is something stupid like Jesus wasn't a liberal that loved the poor and hung out with prostitutes and bums.
          caddy-v
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          Tump, prove me wrong. By the way, I usually keep my religous beliefs to my self but, ever hear of Mary Magdalene?
      truckguy
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      GM RULES THE WORLD. !!!!
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      MyerShift
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      No **** there wasn't a problem. Dumb A**es.
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