General Motors announced yesterday that it would replace the 120-Volt charging unit provided with every Chevrolet Volt, to provide what GM spokesman Randy Fox called a "more consistent charging experience."
Back in July, we reported that some of the charging units provided in Volts were overheating, becoming too hot to touch and in one case, even giving an owner a second-degree burn.
Now, after complaints from Volt owners, General Motors has agreed to swap out the unit for a beefed-up unit of the same design. Fox said upgrades to the design include a thicker cord from the unit to the wall socket.
Every 2011 or 2012 Chevy Volt built through last Friday, when the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant halted production for five weeks, will receive the new unit.
"It's not a safety recall," Fox told Reuters. "It's more of a customer satisfaction program."
Carried in car
The 120-volt charging unit, which GM often calls a “convenience charging cord," comes as standard with every Volt and is fitted into a recess under the load-bay floor.