UPDATED (to reflect GM, not GE)
It turns out that not only does the Chevy Volt cost taxpayers about $250,000 PER CAR when sold (for about $30,000) it can also catch fire days or weeks after an accident. Think of it as delayed combustion.
GE GM is putting out a “call back” to the 8,000 cars it has sold over the last year-plus. Much to the individual Volt’s dismay, this “call back” is not because they did a good job on the first audition. It’s a nice way of saying “recall” without the PR problems. And, of course, the Obama administration is willing to let GE GM get away with a “call back” rather than a recall because they have more to lose than GE GM with a negative public reaction.
Imagine if it were a Ford vehicle that had delayed combustion. The Obama administration would have put out a scathing report calling into the question Ford’s commitment to safety.
I think we should make a resolution for 2012: if you plan on voting for someone other than Obama and you plan to purchase a vehicle, buy Ford, not GM