Dec 13, 2011
Chris Weiss

Despite Fires, 2012 Chevy Volt Is Still A Five-Star Safety Pick

Though it’s been on the hot seat for potential fire issues of late, the Chevy Volt is still one of the safest cars on the road according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Volt renewed its five-star safety rating from the agency for the 2012 model year.

Interestingly, the NHTSA’s designation comes at a time when the agency is investigating about 5,000 Volt models for a potential safety hazard. That hazard relates directly to crashes–the battery may become damaged in a crash, leading to fire. The investigation was launched after a Volt caught fire in the garage of an NHTSA testing facility.

Chevy says that its own internal tests over the past two years have indicated no fire hazard.

The NHTSA’s investigation remains ongoing, but in the meantime, the 2012 Volt has earned the same five-star safety rating as the 2011 Volt. To obtain its score, the 2012 model got 4 stars in the frontal crash test, 5 stars in the side crash and 5 stars in the rollover crash test category.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf, which remains the Volt’s main competitor in the electric-powered vehicle market, also boasts a five-star safety rating.

The NHTSA’s investigation may lead to a recall, and Chevy is currently looking at some possible redesigns. It has offered Volt owners loaner vehicles–including Cadillacs and Corvettes– while the investigation pends. It even instituted a buy back program for those Volt owners that were truly worried about the fire problem.

Despite the negative publicity of the Volt fires, the series hybrid has been continuing to earn accolades. In addition to the five-star rating, Consumer Reports recently announced that the car earned the highest customer satisfaction rating in its annual driver survey.

Source : Inside Line


  • I didn’t think this fire hazard with Chevy’s Volt car would affect it much, they have such great customers all they will want them to do is check it out and see if it needs too be replaced. And another plus the Volt has is its great MPG and low cost to drive.

  • If a car is prone to fires…..no way is it five star…sounds like the push is on to force people to the $40K subsidized Volt.

    guess the Corvair and Pinto have been vindicated?????

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