In response to reports that General Motors has regained the position of No. 1 automaker in the world in global sales, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement this week: "Some wrote off Michigan workers and auto companies and said we should let the American automobile and millions of jobs vanish. Clearly, those people were wrong. Michigan auto companies have transformed, once again creating jobs at home and leading the way around the world. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to help GM regain its position and help all our automakers become even more competitive for the 21st Century." In other good news, it was announced on Friday that federal safety regulators closed a government safety probe into GM's extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, saying it does not believe Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles.