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Despite Electric Concerns Bloomington Man Says Volt Is Safe

Despite an investigation linking the hybrid Chevrolet Volt to electrical fires, one local man says he plans to keep driving his car.

Six months after purchasing his red Chevy Volt, Chris Robb couldn’t be happier about his decision. He traveled to Michigan so he could be among the first to get behind the wheel of GM’s new hybrid.

“The Volt is the best car I have ever had. It has good technology, the battery range is excellent. It’s better than I expected and I couldn’t be happier,” Robb says.

The electric and gas powered vehicle has been under a safety defect investigation by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Fires have been linked to coolant leaking into the battery.. sometimes days or even weeks after contact.

GM CEO Dan Akerson made an official statement and sent a formal letter to Volt owners expressing GM’s willingness to work with worried owners.

Akerson says GM is serious about keeping its customers happy, and will ultimately consider all options, adding vehicle buy backs and even a recall will be considered if necessary.

Robb says these issues are worth paying attention to but he’s really not worried.

“It is certainly a component to pay attention to. Just like any other car a stiring wheel can be a problem and so can a battery,” he says.

Fifty Volt owners signed a letter of support to GM, media outlets and Volt owners.

The letter read, “We are keeping the keys to our Volts. We love our Volts and we feel safe driving our Volts…In regards to recent events, Volt owners are glad that the NHTSA, GM, and other manufacturers have now implemented protocols for electric cars in a variety of circumstances.”

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