Posted by Big Gav in volt
The Bottom Line has some commentary on recent reports of battery fires in Chevy Volts during testing - Volt is drivers' favorite, topping even Porsche.
The Volt is the overall winner of the owner satisfaction survey, with the announcement coming at a time when the Volt is in the news for a less-good reason: fires in crash-tested vehicles days or weeks after the crash. Ninety-three percent of owners surveyed said they would buy the Volt again, compared with 91 percent of 911 and Challenger buyers. ...
The combination of engaged owners and continuous discussion between GM and Volt owners has stemmed any rush to the exits even since the reports of post-crash-test fires. For the record, these fires took place days or weeks after extreme crash testing in which the Volt successfully protected occupants and earned the highest possible safety scores.
Following the tests, the cars’ batteries were left fully charged, and because the car were also rolled over and because the battery coolant system was damaged in the tests, coolant leaked onto the charged batteries and eventually sparked fires.
The lesson here is to get out of a crashed car within a few days, and be sure to turn off the lights when exiting. A gasoline car might not be as obliging in providing an opportunity to climb out before combusting.