LaHood: Chevy Volt is safe despite fires
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the Chevrolet Volt is safe to drive even though the government is investigating fires caused by damage to the electric car’s battery.
Mr. LaHood told reporters Tuesday that his department isn’t trying to protect General Motors, maker of the Volt, from possible repercussions from the government’s safety investigation.
Mr. LaHood says his department isn’t in the business of protecting the automobile industry.
Transportation officials launched a formal safety investigation after a Volt damaged in government crash-testing and two similarly damaged Volt battery packs set off fires.
Lawmakers want audit of veterans’ wait times
Federal lawmakers are calling for an inspector general’s investigation into how long it takes for veterans to get treatment for mental health disorders after they return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Recent hearings before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee have featured witnesses who have testified that veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder often have to wait longer than 14 days before getting an initial appointment and that follow-up visits can take much longer.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has greatly increased the resources going into mental health care, but the large number of troops returning from the war continues to stress the system.
Sens. Patty Murray of Washington and Richard Burr of North Carolina said Tuesday congressional hearings have shown that even veterans who attempted suicide had appointments postponed.
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