PHOTO CAPTION: Engineering illustration of Fisker Karma. Battery pack in center keel of the car was not responsible for fire that eventually destroyed 16 of 300 cars.

Fisker Indentifies Source Port of Newark Fires

Salt water corrosion caused short circuit in Vehicle Control Unit causing 12 volt battery to catch fire. High winds during the storm spread it to adjoining vehicles. 16 of 300 Karmas were destroyed by fire, the remained ruined by flooding.

Published: 09-Nov-2012

It's becoming an awkward, unfortunate routine.

Somewhere, somehow, a Fisker Karma catches fire, and the company rushes in its inspectors and engineers to analyze the incident.

A few days later, Fisker Automotive issues a statement explaining that the battery of the range-extended electric car isn't at fault, and that some other cause led to the fire.


Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid sedan.

Technischer Üeberwachungs Verein (TÜV), Europe’s recognized automotive certification agency, validates both fuel ecomomy at 112 mpg and CO2 emissions at 51g/km.

Fisker Karma uses A123 Systems lithium battery pack.

Memo cites misaligned hose clamps on cooling system that could cause coolant leak and possible electrical short.

Fisker Karma recalled to repair or replace coolant system clamp on battery pack.

Majority of customer and dealer-held Karmas have either had new battery installed or the faulty hose clamp repaired.


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