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Fisker announces another fire-related recall for the Karma

 Fisker announces another fire-related recall for the Karma
Burned Fisker Karma

Dealers will fix faulty low temperature cooling fans

Fisker has determined a faulty low temperature cooling fan was responsible for causing a Karma to burn in Woodside, California earlier this month.

The company said the component had an "internal fault that caused it to fail, overheat and start a slow burning fire."

In response to the investigation, Fisker issued a voluntarily recall for the Karma. This will enable dealers to replace the cooling fans and install a new fuse for "added protection."

According to executive chairman Henrik Fisker, "We are committed to responding swiftly and decisively to events such as this to ensure total customer satisfaction. This incident resulted from a single, faulty component, not our unique EVer powertrain or the engineering of the Karma. As this situation demonstrates, Fisker Automotive is dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to address safety and quality concerns."

 

Source: Fisker

MEDIA STATEMENT -- Woodside, CA Incident

ANAHEIM, CA -- August 18, 2012: Fisker has completed a detailed investigation into the roadside fire involving a Fisker Karma sedan on August 10 in Woodside, CA.

The investigation conducted by Fisker engineers, working with an independent fire expert from Pacific Rim Investigative Services Group, has identified the root cause of the incident.

The investigation located the ignition source to the left front of the Karma, forward of the wheel, where the low temperature cooling fan is located. The final conclusion was that this sealed component had an internal fault that caused it to fail, overheat and start a slow burning fire.

Fisker has today voluntarily elected to conduct a recall with respect to this cooling fan unit. The company is working with the responsible supplier and this recall campaign is not expected to have a material financial impact on Fisker.

Fisker has already contacted its retailer network. Customers are expected to be contacted by retailers, ahead of their receiving formal notice from the company by mail, to have the cooling fan replaced with a unit that meets the required specifications. At the same time an additional fuse will be installed for added protection.

In their investigation, independent experts established that the incident was not caused by the Lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components, engine component packaging or unique exhaust routing of the Fisker Karma.

"We are committed to responding swiftly and decisively to events such as this to ensure total customer satisfaction," says Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Henrik Fisker. "This incident resulted from a single, faulty component, not our unique EVer powertrain or the engineering of the Karma. As this situation demonstrates, Fisker Automotive is dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to address safety and quality concerns."

The owner of the car involved in the Woodside incident, Mr. Rudy Burger commented:

"I have been incredibly impressed with the way Fisker has handled this incident. I have personally started seven technology companies and know from direct experience that the US needs more innovative companies of this type, especially in the automobile sector.

"Fisker is a great company and one that I am personally planning to invest in. I look forward to getting behind the wheel of my next Fisker."

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Comments (7)

 ACN ACN
Justin Bieber has one of these. I wonder....
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October 1, 2012 5:03 pm
 buruchaga buruchaga
I wonder how this car would survive in places like subsaharan African countries where the sun is scorchy and there are less trees. It's a good car for such places to make use of the sun but fisker needs to fix this well.
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August 21, 2012 6:14 am
 vilivo vilivo
They are really trying to compete with the boys from Marnello here. You cannot beat Ferrarri at their own game, the R8 V10 tried and despite its best efforts, it did not combust quite right and that had an effect on its popularity.
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August 20, 2012 7:33 pm
 Speed_lite Speed_lite
Hopefully it was Ashton Kutcher's.
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August 20, 2012 5:11 pm
 sideskraper sideskraper
And the question is: Which car manufacturer whose name starts with F is synonymous with their cars catching on fire? Oh wait.....
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August 20, 2012 12:46 pm