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GM will buy back your Chevy Volt — on fire or not

General Motors, in a unique automotive industry maneuver, announced it will buy back Chevy Volts from customers who are unsatisfied, But the automaker insists its hybrid vehicles are safe if the battery is powered down according to proper safety procedures after a serious crash.

The offer is unusual since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't issued a recall after the recent fire and smoke that occurred in Chevy Volt battery testing and prompted NHTSA to open and investigation

General Motors had earlier offered a loaner car to owners concerned with the investigation — an offer that only 34 of the 6,142 Volt owners have accepted, according to Chevrolet.

Customers who want to participate in the buy-back program should contact their dealers.


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