Fisker Issues Recall on 19 Karma Electric Hybrids

Under the recall Fisker dealers will replace the high-voltage battery free of charge in cars built between September 22, 2011 and January 20, 2012.

Published: 04-Jun-2012

Fisker Automotive Inc. is recalling certain Karma plug-in hybrid cars from the 2012 model year to fix a battery-pack problem that could lead to fires.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said the recall affects 19 cars built from Sept. 22, 2011, through Jan. 20, 2012. The company also said the recent filing is part of a recall filed late last year for a similar problem.

A company spokesman said that after filing the initial recall documentation with NHTSA, the company determined additional cars should also be included. Typically a car maker would simply add those vehicles to the original recall paperwork. But in this case, Fisker said, federal officials required a new filing because 2012 had begun and the previous recall filing was completed in 2011.


Fisker Karma said to be sold out until early 2012.

Among early recipients of the first 3,000 units will be actor Leonardo di Caprio, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and General Colin Powell.

First production Fisker Karma at Valmet plant in Finland.

First customer is Fisker Automotive chairman Ray Lane, who is the Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers venture capital firm.

Karma S hardtop convertible concept.

Future models to include hard-top convertible and crossover to be revealed at Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2011.


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