Second Fisker Karma Fire Under Investigation
By the editors of Autoweek
Investigators hired by Fisker Automotive are looking into a Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sedan that caught fire on Aug. 11 in a suburb outside San Jose, Calif.
This is the second instance of a fire involving a Karma in the last three months.
In a statement Monday, Fisker said its investigators from Pacific Rim Investigative Services Group don't believe the latest fire was caused by the Karma's lithium-ion battery.
Fisker said the fire began outside the Karma's engine compartment. Investigators are focusing on the car's left-front tire, Fisker said.
The Karma's battery pack has been closely scrutinized after a battery failed while the car was being tested by Consumer Reports magazine in March. Then, in May, a Karma was destroyed in a garage fire in Sugar Land, Texas. The car was not plugged in, Fisker says. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Fisker recalled 239 Karmas in December to fix a defect in the battery that increased the risk of a fire. The Karma's battery pack is built by A123 Systems Inc.
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Finally an enviro friendly car that's nice looking with great styling, that doesn't look like a baby's sneaker on wheels. It is a shame this is happening and may hurt sales.
We need enviromentally safe vehicles that have good styling so more people will buy them. Except for this one, I'd be embarassed to drive any of them.
The problem now is I could never buy one of these, because I'd be afraid it would burn my house down if it cauught fire in my garage!
This is so disheartening because I love the styling of this thing, it's absolutely beautiful! I want this thing to succeed, so bad!
What a joke, (out of 529 million loan and already spent $169, million, to produce one thousand cars by several hunded workers). Obama and your tax dollars going green at work. WHAT A PLAN. 169 million divided by 1,000 produced cars is a whopping 169,000 price tag per car that taxpayer is already out.... What a legacy to leave future generations.
Because past presidents, (democrats and republicans) have wasted hundreds of billions and trillions is no reason to continue this downward spiral. Talk about fraud, What car company can't build a car that 1/1000% of the despised 1% would not even consider buying?
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