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GM Gives Volt Owners Loaners as It Investigates

Says fires may be caused by electronic problem
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2011 12:28 PM CST
General Motors Lending Cars to Chevrolet Volt Owners Amid Probe
This product image provided by General Motors shows a 2011 Chevrolet Volt.   (AP Photo/General Motors)

(Newser) – As the US investigates the Chevy Volt following fiery crash tests, General Motors will lend cars to current owners of the electric vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports. Meanwhile, the company is working to fix the problem. It believes the fires aren’t caused by overheating chemicals, but rather, that faulty electronics are at issue. One possible solution: stronger battery casings. "I believe in the safety of the Volt," says an exec. "This technology should inspire confidence and pride, not raise doubt and concern." (Read more General Motors stories.)

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