Only Government Motors (GM) could design a car that needs its very own personal firefighter to accompany the vehicle.
Low sales (6,200 vehicles sold through December 2011) and a recall of the entire fleet due to fire dangers have resulted in Chevy suspending production of the Volt for at least a month.
GM’s claim that the Volt doesn’t pose an abnormal fire danger, seems contradicted by the fact that the Obama administration wants to give fire departments across the country $4.4 million to train firefighters in how to handle a Volt aflame. $4.4 million divided by, let’s charitably say 9,000 vehicles sold, equals $488 dollar spent on fire training per vehicle. Anybody up for a fire sale?!*
And to top it off, Obama wants to increase the amount of subsidies it gives to buyers of a Volt from $7,500 per firetrap – I mean vehicle — to $10,000 per vehicle. Let’s call that a fires, I mean buyers, premium.
In 2011, just a year after the bailout, GM declared record profits – yet it needs more taxpayer money to push it’s “greenest” product. What does that say about the administration’s green job agenda. I’d say it’s up in flames!
*All poorly carried out puns and quips fully intended.