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Fisker Karma recalled over potential fire hazard

 Fisker Karma recalled over potential fire hazard
2012 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid - 22.3.2011

Another setback

The Fisker Karma has been hit with another setback as the company has issued a recall to correct a potential safety hazard.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Karma's lithium-ion battery could have improperly positioned hose clamps which could cause a coolant leak. While that doesn't sound too bad, the agency warns the leak could result in a short circuit and eventual fire.

The recall affects 239 models built between July 1st and November 3rd of 2011 but, thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

Source: NTHSA and Automotive News

FISKER / KARMA
2012

Manufacturer:
FISKER AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
Mfr's Report Date:
DEC 21, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
11V598000
NHTSA Action Number:
N/A

Component:
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: BATTERY: PROPULSION SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected:
239

Summary:
FISKER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 FISKER KARMA PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 1, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 3, 2011. WITHIN THE HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY, CERTAIN HOSE CLAMPS MAY HAVE BEEN POSITIONED INCORRECTLY DURING ASSEMBLY. IF POSITIONED INCORRECTLY, THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT COVER COULD INTERFERE WITH THE HOSE CLAMPS, POTENTIALLY CAUSING A COOLANT LEAK FROM THE COOLING HOSES.

Consequence:
IF COOLANT ENTERS THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT, AN ELECTRICAL SHORT COULD OCCUR POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A FIRE.

Remedy:
FISKER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY WITH A NEW PART AT NO COST TO THE OWNER. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FISKER CONSUMER AFFAIRS AT 1-855-575-7577, OPTION 2, 6AM - 7PM (PST) MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

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Comments (7)

PAA
If this article was about the Volt every second comment would be blaming GM for their lousy tech. Now that its Fisker, its OK. Not fair guys.
Jan 3, 2012 12:18 am
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Douglas6250
You do have a point here. However, I guess we would also need to bear in mind that Fisker, being a small company, things are much more likely to go wrong than a massive multinational company like GM though...... Let's just hope that those problems of EVs would be overcome quickly !!
Jan 3, 2012 7:14 am
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CDspeed
This is not an EV problem it's a simple little recall. And the Volt doesn't even have a problem, if the NHTSA had some post crash procedures for cars with large battery packs the fire they experienced wouldn't have happened. The NHTSA is trying to blame the Volt so people don't realize that they were the ones that screwed up.
Jan 3, 2012 9:39 am
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A
time for the next installment of 'short circuit' movies (short circuit: karma)
Jan 2, 2012 11:23 pm
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CDspeed
I just had a recall fixed last week on my BMW. It was for the auxiliary water pump that cools the two turbos, the notice I received said it could fail and cause an engine compartment fire. The notice even suggested that I park outdoors until the issue was fixed. My point, the Karma's recall is minor just like all the other recalls that are issued each year. And let's not forget Toyota's unintended exceleration recall and Ferrari's flammable 458 Italia recall.
Jan 2, 2012 6:22 pm
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eddie
It is new technology and they want to be safe. This is a small company that was welling to take risks at the same time larger companies want to keep on building gas guzzler SUV's and continue the status quo. I wish to best to Fisker!
Jan 2, 2012 6:17 pm
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vilivo
That would be an electrifying moment for the unfortunate owners, would it not?!?
Jan 2, 2012 5:37 pm
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