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Fisker Expands Its Fire Recall

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On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Expands Its Fire Recall

Well, that wasn't destined to last very long. After a rare spate of good news last week, Fisker is back in the negative headlines business. The green automaker is expanding a previous recall. While recalls are a standard part of the industry, a potential battery fire issue in a battery-powered plug-in is an image-damaging affair - especially when you basically forgot a few models the first time around.

The company was quick to provide a retort to early reports that the recall was a new recall, saying in a statement: "Fisker Automotive would like to reassure customers and dealers that it has not issued a new product recall, contrary to erroneous suggestions in an earlier blog-posting carried on WSJ.com today. The minor adjustment to the VIN range is an administrative filing with NHTSA, the federal transport safety agency, to update information relating to an existing voluntary recall of 239 Fisker Karma vehicles from December 2011."

The recall, which affects models built between September 22, 2011 and January 20, 2012, relates to battery hose clamps that were incorrectly positioned. The issue could result in battery coolant leakage, leading to possible short circuit and fire.

Fisker will contact all affected owners, and authorized dealers will arrange for transport to a repair facility. Those concerned can contact Fisker Consumer affairs at (855) 575-7577 (option 2) 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (PST) Monday through Friday.

The recall expansion might have been minor news had it not come on the heels of a house fire in which a Fisker Karma may have been the cause. Last month, a Karma caught fire in the garage of a Houston-area home, which resulted in its own destruction, as well as that of other cars in the garage. The NHTSA is investigating whether a Karma malfunction was indeed the cause of the problem. According to the New York Times it has yet to conclude the investigation and is still monitoring it.

In a statement following the incident, Fisker rebutted the suggestion that the Karma was to blame, saying that its engine and components were thoroughly tested and certified for safety. While it didn't mention the house fire incident specifically, it lambasted "technology pundits" for unfounded claims.

Interestingly, the press release about 1,000 Karmas sold is sandwiched on Fisker's website between the response to Houston fire reports and today's recall expansion statement - that's about how things seem to go for Fisker.


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