1. Following on from the announcement that GM is looking at redesigning the Chevrolet Volts lithium-ion battery system in the wake of several highly publicized fires resulting from test crashes, comes further news that both the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delayed disclosure of their original findings by months. 2. Apparently, way back in June, General Motors heard about a Volt fire that happened three weeks after said vehicle was crash tested, yet it wasnt until November that the company, or NHTSA disclosed there was a potential problem, urging both dealers and customers to drain the battery pack immediately following an accident. 3. As a result the public relations nightmare surrounding Chevys halo vehicle appears to be deepening, though a good deal of the blame in this case also rests with NHTSA. Joan Claybrook, a former adminstrator at NHTSA believes part of the reason for the delay was the fragility of Volt sales. Yet she also believes that NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert, not to tell them [customers] for six months makes no sense to me. 4. ...the NHTSA incident underlines the need for greater transparency when conducting crash tests, as well as setting proper industry standards when it comes to new technologies. Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed | AutoGuide.com News So....what should we learn from this story? a. The Chevy Volt is still a work in progress. b. The safety of the public is a secondary consideration to GM/the current (no pun intended) administration. c. Following the solar panel fiasco and indications of the corrupt use of taxpayer money to enrich Obama contributors.... ...the gangsters leading the Democrat Party could not bear to see the news of this 'green industry catastrophe' come to light. More 'Hope and Change.'