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    Default Power went out on the freeway going 60 mph

    I was driving my husband's car on the freeway at night. I've never driven the Volt on the freeway. It was hot in the car so, looking for the seat heating while watching the road, I must have pressed the power button. Suddenly the lights went out and the car started slowing down. It was down to 30 mph when I realized I couldn't get to an exit. Thankfully there was a very small shoulder along the highway. I pulled over as cars zoomed past me. The "on star" person was wonderful and was about to send the police when I finally was able to start the car, turn on the lights and jam my way in to the traffic going 60. There was no longer a shoulder on the freeway when I got into the traffic.
    Is it really that easy to turn the power off? I assume that's what happened because there is no other explanation.
    Has that been fixed?
    Last edited by SFB; 11-14-2013 at 12:19 PM. Reason: misspelled word

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    The usual occurance comes from someone trying to change to Sport mode and dancing on the wrong button without looking.
    There is a way to recover from this without coming to a stop and you should make it a point to try it (as practice) sometime when you have an empty stretch of road available.
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    Put the car in neutral and push the power button again and then put it back in drive and you are good to go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9-17 in the 2013 owner's manual

    If the vehicle cannot be pulled over,
    and must be shut off while driving,
    press and hold the POWER (0/1 power symbol)
    button
    for longer than two seconds,
    or press twice in five seconds.
    The bold part is how you turned it off.

    Quote Originally Posted by 9-18 in the 2013 owner's manual

    Restarting Procedure

    If the vehicle must be restarted
    while it is still moving, move the shift
    lever to N (Neutral) and press the
    POWER (0/1 power symbol) button twice without
    pressing the brake pedal. The
    propulsion system will not restart in
    any other position.
    Shift to neutral, and press power twice to "turn the key".

    Then obviously shift into the appropriate setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFB View Post
    Is it really that easy to turn the power off?
    NO - it take's at least TWO pushes on the POWER switch to kill the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFB View Post
    I was driving my husband's car on the freeway at night. I've never driven the Volt on the freeway. It was hot in the car so, looking for the seat heating while watching the road, I must have pressed the power button. Suddenly the lights went out and the car started slowing down. It was down to 30 mph when I realized I couldn't get to an exit. Thankfully there was a very small shoulder along the highway. I pulled over as cars zoomed past me. The "on star" person was wonderful and was about to send the police when I finally was able to start the car, turn on the lights and jam my way in to the traffic going 60. There was no longer a shoulder on the freeway when I got into the traffic.
    Is it really that easy to turn the power off? I assume that's what happened because there is no other explanation.
    Has that been fixed?
    Good Afternoon SFB,

    I apologize that you had that experience. Please review the replies that have been provided. They are correct, the Volt's power button would be need to be pressed twice before powering down the Volt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFB View Post
    I was driving my husband's car on the freeway at night. I've never driven the Volt on the freeway. It was hot in the car so, looking for the seat heating while watching the road, I must have pressed the power button. Suddenly the lights went out and the car started slowing down. It was down to 30 mph when I realized I couldn't get to an exit. Thankfully there was a very small shoulder along the highway. I pulled over as cars zoomed past me. The "on star" person was wonderful and was about to send the police when I finally was able to start the car, turn on the lights and jam my way in to the traffic going 60. There was no longer a shoulder on the freeway when I got into the traffic.
    Is it really that easy to turn the power off? I assume that's what happened because there is no other explanation.
    Has that been fixed?
    You have to either hold the power button for some number of seconds, or press twice in quick succession, to have this happen. If it does happen accidentally, as others have mentioned, you can put the car in Neutral and press the power button twice again to turn the vehicle back on.
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    Yes, this seems to happen to new Volt owners sometimes. We've had some lively debates on whether the power switch is too close to other switches on an already incredibly busy panel. Anyway, it happened to me when I first got my Volt. Here's a link to a video I made demonstrating the restart procedure. I really think Volt owners should practice this in a empty parking lot so they'll know what exactly is going on.

    http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread....Shutdown-Video
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    Pressing the power button twice does not start the car. But pressing it twice shuts it down. What the manual does NOT state is that you MUST PAUSE between the two presses to restart.

    Try it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFB View Post
    Is it really that easy to turn the power off?
    Short answer YES. It's just as easy as twisting the key to the off position in a conventional car.

    Avoid pushing the power button while driving.

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