16 Fisker Karmas catch fire in New Jersey - report

Fisker Karmas burned at New Jersey port 31.10.2012
Fisker Karmas burned at New Jersey port 31.10.2012

Were submerged in water during Hurricane Sandy

The Fisker Karma has apparently discovered a new trick that has evaded Lamborghini and Ferrari for years - the ability to spontaneous combust after being soaked in water.

Automotive News says Fisker is looking into a report that 16 Karmas caught on fire after being submerged in seawater, at a New Jersey port, during Hurricane Sandy. The incident remains under investigation but Fisker released a statement that said "We have confidence in the Fisker Karma and safety is our primary concern." Company spokesman Russell Datz also downplayed the event by saying "Obviously, there was a big storm. A million things could've happened. You just don't know."

As we have previously reported, the Karma has already faced two fire related recalls. The first involved improperly positioned hose clamps which could cause a coolant leak and start a fire, while the second was to replace faulty low temperature cooling fans which could fail, overheat and start a fire.

Published Nov 1st, 2012 10:40pm By Michael Gauthier
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AudiLove AudiLove
Built by Ferrari, I bet. What a crappy car, and what car looks like that after catching on fire? Made of weak materials?
Nov 3rd, 2012 5:00am
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absent absent
Considering how small the number of these cars already delivered is,it is shocking to see that most of them are already put up for sale or traded by their first owners.
Nov 2nd, 2012 3:03pm
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Are we sure GM wasn't behind this? We tend to blame them for such combustions.
Nov 2nd, 2012 7:44am
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WayneWesterman WayneWesterman
Come on folks its saltwater. According to the LA Times, 3 Toyota Prius on the same lot also caught fire, amongst a couple thousand Toyotas that were damaged: http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-mo-autos-sandy-hurts-fisker-toyota-20121101,0,2915754.story Jalopnik's started this story using sensational photos to attack Fisker with a natural disaster when the real story is: saltwater's not so discriminative! If this country had made any effort to reduce CO2 emissions with technologies like Fisker and Tesla a long time ago, maybe the hurricane wouldn't be so severe!
Nov 2nd, 2012 2:40am
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benzboy benzboy
I wonder if Justin Beiber's chrome wrapped Fisker has caught fire?
Nov 2nd, 2012 1:07am
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Is that some sort of innovative security system?
Nov 2nd, 2012 12:40am
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axual axual
Memo to Product Planning & Marketing Department: Change name of vehicle from Fisker Karma to Fisker Kombusta
Nov 2nd, 2012 12:20am
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norther norther
talk about bad Karma...
Nov 2nd, 2012 12:07am
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DBaskov DBaskov
They're coming for you Ferrari...
Nov 1st, 2012 11:33pm
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LBento LBento
Funny how only the US made eletric cars catch fire. No fires for the leaf
Nov 1st, 2012 11:31pm
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DukeTogo DukeTogo
They're made in Finland, by Valmet Automotive and Henrik Fisker is Danish.
Nov 2nd, 2012 2:26am
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
Nissan Leaf was build purely for numbers. They put the minimal, limited, and tiny everything into it. It has no design, no passion, UGLY as a dog taking a poop, it is tiny, and reeks of cheap. Fisker, has loaded their cars with all the comfort and beauty. Including all the new technology. Its the reason I spend more on a BMW or AUDI even though they say Lexus or Toyota is reliable. I love to come out and fall in love with the car every day - not drive an appliance.
Nov 2nd, 2012 7:17pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Bad Karma
Nov 1st, 2012 11:11pm
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RandallSouza RandallSouza
Note to Self, I must remember: Not to use my Volt as a ocean going Submersible in the future!
Nov 1st, 2012 11:09pm
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Asger Asger
Hmmm, things with lots of electrical components catching fire after being submerged in highly corrosive seawater? I'm not seeing how that could happen.
Nov 1st, 2012 11:08pm
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