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After an extensive two-month investigation into the Chevrolet Volt’s fire related incidents, the U.S. safety regulators of the National Transportation Safety Administration have announced that the case is closed. The conclusion: the Volt’s plug-in hybrid battery pack does not pose a significant fire risk following a crash.
According to NHTSA’s statement, the organization “does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles.” GM also added that NHTSA’s decision to close the case is, “consistent with the results of our internal testing and assessment.”
Even though there are no known real-world Volt crashes that resulted to a fire, NHTSA strongly believed an investigation was important and necessary in order to “ensure the safety of the driving public with emerging [electric vehicle] technology.”
Earlier this month, GM had already taken preemptive measures, enhancing structural reinforcements surrounding the Volt’s 435 lb. lithium-ion battery pack to reduce its risk of damage. Addressing the action, GM stated that the change simply “is intended to make a safe vehicle even safer.”
Swedish car firm Volvo takes safety very seriously, and so it’s taking the extra step to correct a small error it had made in the past.
The issue is in regards to the tire pressure label for the spare tire. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some Volvo vehicles had incorrect information labeled for the spare tire on the car, and the safety agency want’s Volvo to rectify this issue.
Volvo looked into the issue and found that vehicles in which the spare is added at port or by the dealer might have had a wrong label regarding the tire pressure in the spare tire, even though the spare tire information was correct in the owners manual and on the tire itself.
Still, an error is an error and Volvo will address the 20,000 vehicles with the wrong labels. Vehicles affected include the C70 model built between November 2005 to July 2011, and the S60 model built between July 2010 and April 2011.
It seems just like yesterday when we heard about the first airbag being installed in an automobile. Can you believe that the airbag is celebrating its 30th anniversary? Time really flies when you’re being safe.
Did you know that the first series-production car equipped with an airbag was a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon? The company says that even before they installed the first airbag, they put a total of 13 years of research and development into the project before it ever hit the street. And Mercedes-Benz can boast that since October 1992, a driver airbag has been standard equipment in all passenger cars they make.
Reports from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) say that airbags have helped to save around 28,000 lives in the United States since they were first introduced. The NHTSA also say that in a typical accident, a driver wearing his or her seatbelt in a vehicle with an airbag is 61 percent less likely to be injured than those who skip the belt in vehicles with no airbag.
But all the safety experts agree that the airbag can never be a substitute for seat belts. This safety device should be used in conjunction with a seat belt. Only then does it become an optimally coordinated system that makes a big difference to the prevention of severe or fatal injuries to the occupants during serious accidents.
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