General Motors is analysing the possibility of making changes to the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery, according to Mary Barra, senior vice president of global product development.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started the investigation of the Volt’s battery following three fires that occurred in the car’s battery pack after separate collision tests. GM is collaborating with the NHTSA to find the cause of the fires and solve the problem.
“If we learn from this process and have to make changes in the field, we will. If it’s something that we feel is important to the safety of the vehicle, we’ll find a way to do it,” Mary Barra was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. So far, GM has offered loaner cars and said it will buy back Volts from concerned owners if they feel the cars are unsafe.
According to Barra, if an owner wants to give back the car, GM will buy it back. “If we get to a point where we think it’s the right thing to do, we will put the customer first and that’s what we will do,” Barra said. GM said it developed a procedure to handle the car’s battery after an accident.