The Detroit News is reporting that General Motors will replace the 120-volt power cords on the majority of Chevrolet Volt models the company has sold since 2010. The new charge cords are said to be more durable than the old hardware and should provide "more consistency in charging," according to the report. GM has sold around 10,000 Volt units since the plug-in hybrid went on sale two years ago, and while some of those vehicles have already shipped with the new charge cords, most still use the old design.

Volt owners may also contact their Chevrolet dealers to begin scheduling appointments to have additional crash structure added around the vehicle's battery packs. The additional steel is designed to protect against severe side-impacts. Technicians are also expected to add a new sensor to monitor battery coolant levels. The changes are in response to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into unlikely vehicle fires. GM will reportedly continue to sell Volt models without the new structure and sensor, saying neither poses a safety issue.


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      coriolis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just called my dealer, they know nothing. I'm in Canada btw. Fleet vehicle, don't hate. It's a great car.....cause I didn't need to pay for it =)
      Richard Goebel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to have one of these cars, and laugh as I drive past gas stations. Gotta pay my truck off first though.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should be easy to replace the half dozen or so for the people who bought them.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
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          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          nsxrules: nice assumption! i'm a libertarian, against all subsidies ( including those for oil ) so i actually agree that the subsidies should be gone. However the Volt is not the only car with a $7,500 tax rebate on it. So why unfairly single out the Volt? Are you against subsidies, or domestically produced products?
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          Funny that nobody mentions the Cadillac escalade truck-thing or the Buick lucerne. These are both selling less than half as much units as the Volt, yet there is no conservative attack on them. What politician do you blame for those? Oh wait, politicians don't design and manufacture cars...
          johnb
          • 2 Years Ago
          They'll probably send a $2 off coupon to buy one of those $50 "green" lightbulbs as well. Yay!
          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          2 Wheeled Menace, do you see the government wasting $7500 worth of tax payer's money for each Lucerne or Escalade? The answer is no. You sound like a typical MSDNC watching sheep.
          Corey
          • 2 Years Ago
          No, what's funny is that you're quick to blame Obama when in actuality it was G.W. Bush who actually approved the bailouts, et.al and Obama simply carried them out; so I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it as a "failure". One of the reasons the Volt may not be the sales success YOU imagine is because people still can't fathom the idea of giving up their SUV or Truck and actually think of driving something sensible. Part of the reason the credit is there is/was to incentivize the purchase (or in layman's terms: reward) and try to help GM recoup some of the cost associated with making the vehicle. And as someone previously asked - did you consider it a failure when G.W. approved the credits for the Tahoe/Escalade Hybrid OR the credits that allowed business owners to essentially provided massive credits for the purchase of H3's, Excursions, Escalades, etc.?
          CBJMNWLD
          • 2 Years Ago
          I think the real failure of Obama is ghat clowns like you feel empowered to equate anything GM does to the President. You are just a sad inverted individual who claims to love his country yet won't do so unless certain (unrealistic) conditions are set. The reason YOU think this country is going the wrong direction is because the people you choose to listen to say so. VOLT is the embodiment of everything (American Ingenuity) Republicans claim we have lost. They can't even acknowledge the the President got Bin Laden. They thank the troops but don't give him credit for making the call. But if Bush did...Praise the lord!!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        By half dozen, you mean over 10,000 units, plus a 7,000 unit order from Europe.
          BrunoT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Saab went out of business selling more 9-3's than that. And they didn't sell most of them to the government or the government's friends. Last December... "According to GM, 992 of the Volts sold were to retail customers while 537 went to fleet purchasers." The administration is leaning on their corporate donors to help them out with this by buying Volts for their fleets. They sold a whopping 455 to private individuals. That's about 9 per STATE. There might have been 3 sold in my entire metro area that month. I have yet to see one on the street. I see dozens of smart cars, which also aren't big sellers. It's not been successful so far. Like it or not. Think, don't let your personal agenda and belief system drive your analysis of reality.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta love the white trash on here that bash the things they don't understand...
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        White trash? That's uncalled for, especially since you don't even know what race these people are.
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      To this day, I would still buy one of these -- if only I had a garage. A little big for my needs, but I love the drivetrain concept.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Rar
        • 2 Years Ago
        No, you are getting a new and better power cord. Is there something wrong with GM having a new and better power cord for the new Volts coming off the line and giving it to the people that have already bought one? They are improving their products. That's a good thing.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rar
          Yeah it's an advanced, integrated customer service experience developed by the team of American engineers at GM. Toe that party line!
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        No, not a recall. It's a post-sale upgrade.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        For some it's not a big deal. My EVSE has been fine with no problems at all.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get rid of the car, keep the power cords.
      Harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a big deal. The part about the Volt I care about is how many gallons am I likely to use in a year. Voltstats.net has a median mpg of 164 mpg so it looks like I could go from last years 750 gallons down to 75 gallons without even trying hard. Plug it in at work if I think I might drive a bit more that night, and I could probably get through 12 months using around 50-55 gallons. I have driven one and they are a pretty cool car to drive.
      Hanson Bro
      • 2 Years Ago
      That'll really boost sales. It was the only thing holding them back.......power cords.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought it was perfect from the get-go. Brilliant design, excellent quality built by Union labor, there couldn't POSSIBLY be anything wrong with it.
      jnbcressy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chevrolet Recalls Another P Can't think of a word that starts with P to make the CRAP acronym! Any help out there would be appreciated.
      BrunoT
      • 2 Years Ago
      As WC Fields once said in a movie during a car chase "the resale value on this is going to be nil" Imagine paying for repairs on this thing when it's out of warranty. Get yourself a nice long lasting diesel car. Costs less, resale will be better, and typically they're German and handle better. And best of all, they don't steal money from we taxpayers to help you buy it.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BrunoT
        A tax credit isn't "stealing money from tax payers", it is reducing the amount of taxes the purchaser pays in one particular year. Do you call the mortgage interest deduction "stealing tax payer money"? How about the child tax credit? 401ks? Flexible spending accounts? All of these (and many others) are items in the tax code that allow taxpayers to reduce their tax burden. If you call one "stealing", then they all are.
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