Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: Don't Worry Guys, Chevy Volt Is Safe To Drive

You know those battery fires that could spark up if a Chevrolet Volt crashes, the ones the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are very seriously investigating? Don’t worry about it –Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the electric cars are safe to drive.

Seems a bit premature to issue such a proclamation, when the government is in the midst of an ongoing safety investigation into the Volt’s battery tending to erupt into flame upon impact. The inquiry began after a Volt was damaged in government crash-testing and started a fire.

The Associated Press says LaHood talked to reporters and said he’s not trying to protect General Motors by saying the Chevy Volt is fine on the road, and that it’s not his job to do so for any companies in the automobile industry.

If you’re not soothed by LaHood’s reassurances, you can still contact GM for a free loaner while the investigation continues.

Previously: NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Batteries Following Chevy Volt Fire