New technology is exciting. Think about when the latest iPhone came out and how many Apple stores across the country were filled with lines out the door consisting of technophiles, hipsters and yes, even journalists. The hype surrounding the launch of the Chevrolet Volt was hardly any different. But with new technology, usually new challenges and new issues aren’t far behind. And now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the flammability of the Volt’s lithium-ion batteries after a crash.
If you recall, a Chevy Volt combusted on NHTSA grounds three weeks after it went through side-impact crash testing. As a result, the NHTSA conducted three additional tests on three Volt batteries, and found all three of them to be different. For instance, the first battery tested didn’t show any probability of catching fire after suffering a crash. The second test battery completely caught fire, while the third emitted sparks and smoke.
So far, the investigations have not lead to any recalls, but the NHTSA has noted that Volts involved in collisions may be at risk of spontaneous combustion.