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While I'm disappointed in the issue out there that's now under investigation, please know that it only occurred under CERTAIN conditions and after a significant crash event.
Geez - let it play out and see what comes of it. I suspect that there's some learning that all OEMs will benefit from.
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"please know that it only occurred under CERTAIN conditions and after a significant crash event."
True enough. But what about the garage fires? These should be a much greater concern for GM. With only 5,000 vehicles in circulation, in a population over 150 million vehicles, the chance of two garage fires where there were Volt's present is most likely NOT coincidental.
Last year people believed Toyotas had developed minds of their own and were barreling off at 90 mph as a way of tormenting the poor slob in the driver's seat.
We know those claims were false.
But when a Volt pulls into a gas station to refill the tank for its little engine, and a spark from its lithium-ion battery starts a massive fire, GM will begin to worry.
Or maybe that will give GM the reason it needs to pull the plug on this loser, its electric Edsel.
<But when a Volt pulls into a gas station to refill the tank for its little engine, and a spark from its lithium-ion battery starts a massive fire, GM will begin to worry.>
Really? Is that what happened(s)? Please provide a link to your statement above...
"happened under CERTAIN conditions"
LMAO. DOn't all disasters happen under CERTAIN conditions?
"...all OEMs will benefit from"
Who knew? This was after all a public service exercise by General Motors. Stick to your day job. You are a horrible spinmeister.
'Geez - let it play out and see what comes of it. I suspect that there's some learning that all OEMs will benefit from'..
Yea, like you when you gave TM the benefit of the doubt.
You are such the bigot.