At least they fixed it before Obama bought his.
(USA Today) — Volt owners are getting another lesson in what it means to be on the cutting edge of auto mobility — many will need to bring their cars in for a beefier extension cord.
General Motors has announced it is replacing the cord and charging device that lets owners charge the car from a 120-volt household outlet, according to a report by Reuters.
GM spokesman Randal Fox told Reuters that the replacement for the charger that comes with the $40,000 car has a beefier cable and will “offer a more consistent charging experience,” though it won’t make it charge faster. The program covers all 2011 Volts and some 2012s — the 120-volt cords, 240-volt cords are not affected.
“It’s not a safety recall,” Fox said. “It’s more of a customer-satisfaction program.”
According to Consumer Reports, some Volt owners have complained that their 120-volt charger “overheats during use and have even documented online videos of melted 120-volt chargers.” CR said it has not had the problem in its testing of the car, which is on its “recommended” list.