Safety concerns for Opel Ampera, Chevy Volt related

By Peter Chubb - Dec 13, 2011

There are now safety concerns for the Opel Ampera, as further tests are being made to see if the batteries are safe, as a result delivery of these green cars is to be delayed. We have no time scale on this delay, but it’s better to do this now rather than risk a recall later down the line. It was only a matter of time before this news come out, as the batteries used are the same for the Chevy Volt.

A few weeks ago a series of crash tests was conducted on the Volt, and as a result caught fire. Opel are now in the process of making these batteries safe. This is good news for those who were waiting on the new Ampera, but not for Volt owners, who have since been offered loan cars from GM while they resolve the issue.

Both these green vehicles are assembled in the GM plant based in Hamtramck, Michigan, and much of the same technology is used to power these devices. For those of you who are concerned and would rather stick with a traditional car, then General Motors is offering to buy back your Chevrolet Volt from you, although we are not certain if they will buy back at the price you paid or if they will consider depreciation.

Autoblog reports that questions are now being asked as to why it took the NHTSA so long to announce the battery issue; as a result the US government has now stepped in. We are seeing this happen more and more now, as the government does not want to see a repeat process of what happened with Toyota, and the whole saga with the Prius.

There does seem to be a mixed reaction to this whole battery catching on fire issue, as most consumers believe it to be a non-issue, as the government has now let it get out of hand. We would like to know your thoughts on this.

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  • Zachary Medow

    Its only a non issue because of this:  · According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 258,000 vehicle fires in 2007 and 385 deaths. There were 1,675 injuries.  And people are worried about a fire that started 3 weeks after the crash happened?  Point is that GM failed to notify the NHTSC about proper standards when dealing with a crashed vehicle like draining the battery after the crash.  This was a huge blunder on their part but considering that that is the operating procedure when a GAS car gets in a wreck maybe the NHTSC should have known better.  There have been no cases of fires directly after crashes in the real world and I personally think its alot of hype.