Volt probe may be lengthy

The Volt is headed down the Edsel Highway.

The Wall Street Journal reports,

General Motors Co. could be in for a lengthy investigation over why the batteries on several Chevrolet Volt cars caught fire, potentially hurting sales of the plug-in vehicle.

GM repeatedly has said a coolant leak is behind the problem, which caused three of the Volt’s lithium-ion batteries to spark or catch fire days or weeks after being damaged in crash tests. GM has said the battery is safe and that the company likely can fix the problem without a major redesign.

But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration isn’t sure that explanation is correct, people familiar with the agency’s thinking said.

Meanwhile, GM and its dealers face increasing fallout from the fires. About two dozen Volt owners have taken up GM’s offer to buy back their vehicles. And dealers are complaining to GM about the impact on business, worried that they won’t be able to sell the cars, which cost $41,000.

“It’s a great car but, unfortunately, this hurts peoples’ impression,” said Todd Capoto, a Chevy dealer in Chittenango, N.Y. “If there’s an issue with the battery, it’s going to make it difficult to sell. If GM gave me an option, I would return mine until it came up with a solution”…

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