Jan 5, 2012
Chris Weiss

Fisker Karma Models Recalled For Fire Hazard

It’s been a tough couple of months for plug-in hybrids. In November, the NHTSA opened up an investigation of the Chevy Volt’s battery after a test model caught fire at the agency’s facility. With that investigation still pending, the market’s other series hybrid–the Fisker Karma–has battery fire problems of its own. Fisker has recalled 2012 Karma models built between July 1 and November 3 in order to repair a problem with the lithium-ion batteries.

Fisker has identified a problem caused by incorrect positioning of hose clamps within the Karma’s high-voltage lithium-ion battery. If left uncorrected, the misaligned clamps could allow coolant to leak from the hoses, creating a potential short circuit and fire hazard.

The official recall comes after both the battery manufacturer A123 Systems reported of potential safety issues related to the battery cooling system earlier last month. A123 was the first to issue a solution to the problem, so future batteries supplied by the manufacturer will be free of it. In addition to the Karma, A123 will supply batteries for the upcoming Chevy Spark EV.

The recall applies to 239 Karma models, according to the notice from the NHTSA. Fisker has not received any complaints about the issue and believes that only about 40 out of the 239 Karma models actually have the problem at the heart of the recall.

Fisker will contact owners and schedule for the problem to be fixed by dealers. The process should get underway this month.

Concerned owners can contact Fisker at 1-855-575-7577, Option 2, 6AM – 7PM (PST) Monday through Friday.

Source : Auto News

1 Comment

  • More of these hybrids are having battery pack issues and i think it might make people think twice about buying one.

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