Saturday 11 August 2012

Bad Karma: Another Fisker Karma catches fire

Another Fisker Karma spontaneously combusted recently while the owner of the $100,000 hybrid sedan was shopping nearby.

The incident took place on Saturday evening in Woodside, California when the owner noticed his vehicle was burning. According to the Woodside Fire Department, he immediately called the car manufacture who told the owner of the Karma to call 911.

Although no details regarding the cause of the fire have come to light, Jalopnik posted photos of the car, which suffered severe damages to the front-left corner. Fortunately nobody was hurt during the event, but by the time the fire crews arrived to the scene, the Karma was mostly destroyed.

Initial reports suggest that the exhaust pipes, located behind the front wheels, overheated due to improper cooling and poor packaging.

The first Karma to burn was back in May which caused a house fire in Houston, Texas. Towards the end of 2011, Fisker issued a recall to correct a potential fire hazard related to the incorrect positioning of hose clamps that could cause a coolant leak. The recall affected 239 cars, with more cars recalled in June.

Fisker issued a statement:

“We have confidence in the Fisker Karma. Safety is our primary concern and our Fisker staff have been in contact with the customer and are investigating the cause. We are also employing an independent fire investigation representative to assist in the root cause analysis. A further statement will be issued once the root cause has been determined.”


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