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 |  Mar 23 2012, 8:33 AM

It sure beats having your Chevrolet Volt up in flames, but having your charger cord overheat and melt isn’t so great either.

After complaints from Volt owners that their 120-volt charging cords were overheating, GM first insisted that the issue was with the wiring of the charging outlet, and not the car. Since then, however, the automaker has agreed to replace the cords on 9,500 existing Volts, though it is not being called a recall.

The new cord features a more heat-resistant cord and plug that matches what other electric vehicles come with. Of course GM said that the new cord is not a recall or safety issue but rather it was to “offer a more consistent charging experience.” Sure thing. Current Volt owners will be notified through a letter for the cord swap.

Interestingly enough, a Volt owner received the new charger already from their dealership, with the dealer stating that it should have been part of the Volt’s recall back in January. Owners with the new chargers are reporting that it now utilizes a 14-gauge wire instead of the 16-gauge found in the original.

[Source: Yahoo! Autos]