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GM Offers Loaner Cars to Volt Owners Amid Battery Malfunction Probe

General Motors(DETROIT) -- General Motors announced Monday it would be loaning out vehicles to the more than 5,000 Chevy Volt owners as it probes a possible malfunction with the electric car's battery packs.

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drew attention to problems with the 400-pound battery pack that could potentially catch fire days or weeks after the car was involved in an accident.

After crash tests performed by the NHTSA, the lithium-ion battery pack either caught fire or began smoking and shooting out sparks.

In a statement, Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, said that "even though no customer has experienced in the real world what was identified in this latest testing of post-crash situations, we're taking critical steps to ensure customer satisfaction and safety."

"Our customers' peace of mind is too important to us for there to be any concern or any worry," he added.

Reuss said any Volt owner with safety concerns can request a free loaner vehicle from the automaker while it works on resolving the issue.

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