The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Friday that it is opening a formal safety defect investigation into the Chevy Volt.
After conducting a standard crash test on the electric car, the NHTSA found that the vehicle’s battery was damaged and the coolant line was ruptured. A fire broke out a few weeks later and is being blamed on the battery. Follow-up tests demonstrated similar results.
Although no formal recall has been issued, the NHTSA will inform customers if it determines that a safety issue exists. It recommends caution when handling electric cars that have been involved in a crash.