The National Highway Safety Administration has officially released a statement concerning their investigation into the Chevy Volt fire that took place at one of the organization’s facilities. The National Highway Safety Administration ran a test on a Chevrolet Volt, the test was a side impact test, and after the vehicle has been struck, they let it sit outside, and three weeks later the Chevrolet Volt caught on fire. The cause of the fire was linked to the battery, because the coolant line has been ruptured during the side impact test, and that is what led to the fire. Due to this, it led to a ruling by the National Highway Safety Administration saying that hybrid cars should have their batteries drained after they have been in an accident.
As of Friday, the National highway Safety Administration said that they are opening a formal safety defect investigation to study the potential rsisk of fire in Chevrolet Volts that have been in some major car accidents. However, you have to keep in mind that this study does not only pertain to the Chevy Volt, but it also pertains to other vehicles that have a battery pack. The National Highway Safety Administration said that they are going to be gathering additional information about vehicles that are equipped with a battery pack and that have been in major crashes.
The National Highway Safety Administration began conducting tests on three different Chevrolet Volts, putting them through a crash simulation process that involved the coolant line being ruptured. All of the vehicles showed signs that the cars would catch on fire if left unattended. The battery pack would begin to spark and smoke almost immediately following the tests. Due to these results, a formal investigation by the National Highway Safety Administration is now underway.