General Motors will buy a Chevrolet Volt back from any owner who is afraid the plug-in extended-range electric car will catch fire, the company’s CEO told the Associated Press today.
CEO Dan Akerson insisted that the cars are safe, but said the company will purchase the Volts because it wants to keep customers happy. That appears to go beyond the policy announced Monday in which GM offered loaner cars to any customers fearful of fires in their Volts.
Michelle Bunker, Chevy spokeswoman who handles Volt matters, disputed that today, calling it “wrong” — period, no qualifiers — to suggest that buy-backs are new.
“This is not ‘new news.’ This is one and the same” as the offer of loaner cars that GM made Monday, she says.