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In January 1996, Corbin Motors began work on developing an electric vehicle. The Sparrow passed final testing for Department of Transportation certification in April 1999. In September of that year, the Sparrow production line began manufacturing multiple vehicles.
Despite widespread enthusiasm about the Sparrow, the car had major design flaws. The Sparrow was easily able to flip over and would even catch fire on the road if brake lines shorted out against a battery post.
On March 31, 2003, Corbin Motors filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, effectively killing the immediate future of the Corbin Sparrow. However, on August 5, 2004, Corbin was bought by Ohio businessman Dana Myers . The new company, Myers Motors, will restart production and sales.
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