01.21.2012 0

Up in Smoke II?

By Rick ManningThe National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that government owned General Motors’ showcase electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt does not have a problem with catching on fire in spite of two test vehicles becoming engulfed in flames weeks after being subjected to test crashes.  With 8000 Volts out there, and at least one mysterious fire in garages of these owners to go along with the NHTSA fires, one has to wonder if the findings have more to do with the Obama Administration’s desire to promote the Volt rather than a real concern about consumer safety.

That is the kind of question that would never exist if the government did not own more than one third of General Motors.  Remember, the NHTSA is the same agency that fined Toyota millions of dollars for an alleged acceleration problem that caused accidents, only to discover months later that the problem was a trial lawyer fabrication in order to fleece the corporate giant.

Hopefully for Volt owners their new car won’t become the subject of a new Cheech and Chong film – “Up in Smoke II”

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