Battery maker A123 has announced that batteries it supplied to Fisker Automotive for its Karma range-extended luxury sedan might have "misaligned" hose clamps for the cooling system, which could cause coolant to leak. Unabated, A123 admits the leak could cause an electrical short-circuit.

According to Bloomberg-BusinessWeek, the company has a fix for the issue, and luckily the issue was discovered when there are no more than 50 Karmas needing the repair. A123 provides batteries to several other OEMs, but only Fisker's batch appears to suffer from the cooling issue.


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      fivex84
      • 3 Years Ago
      The surprising part of that article to me was, the fact they have built 50 Karma's.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have tested these cells and found them to perform excellently in a short circuit situation. It takes A LOT to get them to smoke. Like charging them to almost double their top voltage, then smashing them with a hammer. Could never get them to produce fire. A123 cells are some of the safest cells in production today. A123 has a history of overreacting to liabilities, etc. So much so that they avoid a lot of profitable business opportunities. This is frustrating to watch and i hope that they turn things around.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The question remains; did you test them without coolant in them?
          Tweaker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          You apparently don't understand the difference between cells and batteries.
      people call me V
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fisker is becoming a tool in big oil's interference game against new propulsion and energy generation technologies. To me, this even explains those silly rhomboid brake cooling ducts and the silliness of the lower front facia. A kind of a F U from the designer, who realizes (subconsciously even, maybe) the futility of his effort, knowing it is destined to always remain nothing but a prototype...eh, hope I'm wrong and we'll see these amazing machines on the street soon though. I will buy one, if it's a fit for in terms of usability and affordability!
        mawhalen53
        • 3 Years Ago
        @people call me V
        An FU from the designer? What are you talking about?
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, if you don't even have to crash it to have cooling issues, then this thing's an even bigger piece of sh1t than the Volt. /sarcasm
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        No...it's a fact of life that these lithium cells have to be cooled...whether you crash a volt and the result is loss of coolant to the lithium cell or buy a fisker and it happens to lose coolant through a leaking hose or whatnot, the result is the same, an uncooled lithium battery. They CAN catch fire. BTW, an uncooled (technically improperly cooled) nuclear reactor can also experience thermal runaway....it's the nature of the beast. That does not make it a piece of sh1t.
      Lunch
      • 3 Years Ago
      The toothy grin is ugly, and the 2 "square" fog lights are pitiful. Maybe round would have looked better. Other than that, the rest of the car looks great. This car is still in beta. Maybe a few more years b4 it's really ready for prime time.
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        anonymous
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hose clamps on 50 battery packs, where the expense for repair is the responisibility of the battery pack provider A123 (not Fisker) is going to put Fisker into bankruptcy? More talking out of your @ss, just like you have been all along. Hose clamps of 50 batteries has got to be the smallest recall in the history of the automotive industry. This is entirely a complete non-issue. Talking about bankruptcy as a response to this recall is silly talk.
      Varcity
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really want to like this car but I don't like it's toothy grin, or rear door handle placement, or it's underwhelming performance. A 2.5 ton sports car, no thanks Fisker.
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        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        hey idiot read the article and pay attention "...no more than 50 Karmas are needing the repair" in american english it means that "no more than 50 Karmas are needing the repair"...Verstanden?!
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Complex powertrains and immature technologies required years to weed out all the flaws.
        foci
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ken
        you are right. Look @ IC engines. After more than a 100 years there are still flaws.
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