NHTSA Says Don't Worry About Your Chevy Volt Erupting Into Flames More Than Other Cars

NHTSA Says Don't Worry About Your Chevy Volt Erupting Into Flames More Than Other Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is shutting the books on its recent safety investigation into Chevrolet Volt battery packs when a few erupted into flames after crash tests. The verdict: Chevy Volts are just as likely to explode as any other cars. [More]

OnStar Working With Verizon To Bring 4G LTE To Your Car

OnStar Working With Verizon To Bring 4G LTE To Your Car

Last year, OnStar used its platform at the Consumer Electronics Show to announce that it was finally going to make its service available for installation in vehicles that were not made by General Motors. This year, the company showed it wants to branch out from its established position in the crash-response/locked-out-of-my-car industry by announcing a partnership with Verizon Wireless that could be bringing all sorts of other content to your car via 4G LTE. [More]

Chevy To Fix Every Volt Vehicle To Prevent Battery Fires

Chevy To Fix Every Volt Vehicle To Prevent Battery Fires

Late last year it was revealed that the Dept. of Transportation was looking into possible problems with the batteries in electric vehicles after a Chevy Volt caught fire following a crash test. Now it looks like General Motors will spend the next few months upgrading the battery containment and coolant systems in every Volt currently on the road. [More]

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

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. [More]

Chevy Volt Owners: GM Will Lend You A Car For Free After Fiery Battery Debacle

Chevy Volt Owners: GM Will Lend You A Car For Free After Fiery Battery Debacle

Do you own a Chevrolet Volt? If so, your battery might be in danger of catching fire. Instead of taking that risk, maybe you should accept General Motors’ offer of a free loaner car while they check out that whole safety issue thing. [More]

NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Batteries Following Chevy Volt Fire

NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Batteries Following Chevy Volt Fire

As mass-produced plug-in electric vehicles continue to roll off assembly lines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a closer look at the batteries that power these cars following an incident in which a Chevy Volt caught fire three weeks after undergoing a NHTSA side-impact crash test. [More]

Automakers Getting Rid Of Spares To Cut Costs, Reduce Weight

Automakers Getting Rid Of Spares To Cut Costs, Reduce Weight

Hey buddy, can you spare, a spare? That’s what some stranded motorists find themselves asking AAA when they pull over and discover that the spare tire, once standard, has become optional. [More]

GM Introduces First Front-Center Air Bag

GM Introduces First Front-Center Air Bag

In an effort to protect folks in the front seat during side impact crashes, General Motors announced earlier today that it plans to introduce the industry’s first front-center air bag in three of its vehicles starting with model year 2013. [More]

OnStar Scraps Plans To Track Your Car After You Quit Service

OnStar Scraps Plans To Track Your Car After You Quit Service

Less than a week after it was revealed that OnStar was going to change its Terms and Conditions statement to allow the service to keep tracking customers’ vehicles even after they cancel their subscription, the company has bowed to the massive negative reaction and decided to, uh, not do that. [More]

OnStar Says Not To Worry About It Tracking Your Car Even After You Cancel It

OnStar Says Not To Worry About It Tracking Your Car Even After You Cancel It

Last week, OnStar raised some eyebrows when they emailed their customers to say that the company will tracking their car even after they canceled service. They then followed up with an emailed statement to the press to let everyone know they’re not bad guys. [More]

OnStar Now Tracking Your Car Even After You Cancel Service

OnStar Now Tracking Your Car Even After You Cancel Service

OnStar sent around an email to users this week letting them know they’ll be keeping close tabs on their cars, even if they cancel the service. The navigation-and-emergency service will keep tracking your car, and the company is reserving the right to anonymously resell the collected data to third parties. [More]

Whatever You Do, Don't Lose Your Saab Key

Whatever You Do, Don't Lose Your Saab Key

In 2009, America’s General Motors unloaded Swedish-founded Saab on Netherlands-based specialty car maker Spyker Motors. We haven’t heard many complaints about the new ownership until now, when Russ wrote in to complain that his car is now undriveable because his Saab dealer is out of key blanks. Worse: Saab is also out of key blanks. [More]

Car Thieves Still Love Jacking Escalades & Full-Sized Pickups

Car Thieves Still Love Jacking Escalades & Full-Sized Pickups

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (AKA the people who have all the fun smashing cars into walls without getting ticketed) has released its annual report on which vehicles are the most- and least-frequently boosted by car thieves. And once again the top 10 list is dominated by big pickups and that rolling cliche of new money, the Cadillac Escalade. [More]

GM Recalls 16,000 2012 Chevy Impala & Buick LaCrosse Vehicles

GM Recalls 16,000 2012 Chevy Impala & Buick LaCrosse Vehicles

It isn’t even 2012 yet but General Motors is already recalling nearly 12,000 model year 2012 Chevrolet Impalas and more than 4,000 new Buick Lacrosse cars, each for different reasons. [More]

Car Dealerships Adding Cafes, Beauty Salons & Other Gimmicks To Give Customers Something Different

Car Dealerships Adding Cafes, Beauty Salons & Other Gimmicks To Give Customers Something Different

In an attempt to rid U.S. consumers of the idea that domestic car dealerships are dreary, antiquated places with only a pot of burnt coffee to keep you awake while you wait in uncomfortable chairs, a growing number of car sellers are sprucing up their showrooms to keep potential buyers from running across the street to the cooler looking import lot. [More]

GM Giving Out 1 Free Year Of Auto Insurance With New Car Purchase

GM Giving Out 1 Free Year Of Auto Insurance With New Car Purchase

To try to lure customers back into the dealership, GM is trying out a novel idea. They’re giving new car buyers a free year of car insurance with their purchase. [More]

2011 Cadillac SRX Recalled For Side Airbags

2011 Cadillac SRX Recalled For Side Airbags

More than 47,000 2011 Cadillac SRX cross-over vehicles are being recalled, according to General Motors and the U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The problem: Passenger-side side airbags might not deploy during a collision. [More]

GM CEO Thinks $1 Increase In Gas Price Would Do Us All Some Good

GM CEO Thinks $1 Increase In Gas Price Would Do Us All Some Good

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson believes in educating the consumer. That’s why, rather than GM being compelled by Washington to make more fuel efficient cars that might cost us more to purchase, he thinks the drivers of America need to learn a lesson in frugality by being forced to pay more money at the pump. [More]