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The "majority" of the recalled Fisker Karmas that were either in customer or dealer hands have either had their hose clamp assemblies fixed or brand new battery packs installed, Fisker Automotive announced last night. The owners of the rest of the affected plug-in hybrids have been contacted to set up an appointment to get the potentially dangerous (but in the real world completely safe, thus far) problem with the A123-supplied battery repaired.

Last week, Fisker and the NHTSA announced an official recall for 239 Karmas. At issue is a potential leak of battery coolant due to an improper alignment of the batteries' hose clamps that could, under "certain rare circumstances," cause the car to short circuit, according to an official statement A123 issued when the problem first came to light. Fisker and A123 quickly found a fix, which led to the replacements/repairs announced last night. Henrik Fisker, the Fisker Automotive CEO, said in a statement that, "We decided that the immediate replacement of the battery pack in every vehicle was the right approach for all our customers." We've asked Fisker for more information about what is happening to the packs that were taken out of the cars, and will update you when we learn more.
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Fisker Update on Battery Coolant Leak Issue

Anaheim, California, USA – January 2, 2012: Fisker Automotive announced today that a majority of all customer cars and dealer-held vehicles affected by the recall involving A123-supplied battery packs have already had brand new battery packs fitted or the confirmed repair to the hose clamp assembly undertaken and are back in service – just 2 weeks after Fisker was first made aware of the issue.

The remaining customers have been contacted and appointments are being made for their replacement battery installation.

Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive said: "We will always react quickly to ensure the safety and quality of our cars. We decided that the immediate replacement of the battery pack in every vehicle was the right approach for all our customers."

"We identified the appropriate fix, made our retailers aware of the situation and began contacting all our customers within 48 hours and were well advanced with the recall ourselves before the official posting on the NHSTA website."
ABOUT FISKER AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
Fisker Automotive is an American car company, founded in 2007, committed to producing electric vehicles with extended range (EVer) that deliver uncompromised responsible luxury. The company is designing and developing the world's first line of premium electric plug-in hybrids representing the company's firm belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style, or performance. Fisker Automotive is a global company that is redefining luxury for the modern sports car buyer. For more information on the brand and the Fisker Karma Sedan, please go to http://fiskerautomotive.com.


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      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, that's a relief ! How much more can this story be milked? Has the air in the tyres been checked? Windshield washer reservoir full?........
      briang19
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm one of those people who had the car recalled, but the battery swap didn't work for me. The car refuses to recognize the new battery, so my car has been at the dealer since last monday. Frankly, the car has been nothing but trouble since I got it a few weeks ago.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        Brian, Thanks for the insider information. You didn't happen to put your Karma up for sale on Ebay, did you? (No need to answer if you don't want to)
        Exooc news
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        so they swapped your battery and gave you call that swap didn't went well and that they need to keep it longer? What other problems with car did you have? Thanx in advance for reply.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        Brian, the number of problems you describe having with your Fisker (I'm almost positive you're the same Brian posting on Fisker Buzz, right) are both astounding and disturbing. It's so sad that you seem to be the only owner so afflicted. Get thee to an exorcist - your Karma is very bad indeed! It is apparent your Karma is in dire need of a complete software/hardware overhaul at this point; your dealer should exchange it for a completely Karma and then let Fisker perform a postmortem to see what went so horribly wrong.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite a huge difference between how Fisker/A123 handled this fire risk, and say how Ford handled the Pinto fire problems where plenty of folks died, or the Mustang fire problems with many more dying too. (Not to pick on Ford, there are many other example from other car makers too)
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they sale enouph so we gonna blog about them in 2012 like we blog about the volt and leaf. This compagny have invested millions and millions before selling few cars for now. Will they succeed in 2012, will they be still there on 21 december 2012 ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many Karma have sold Fisker in 2011?
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      How did "majority" turn into "every"?
      Actionable Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      To paraphrase this article's title: Every Fisker is either fixed, or not yet fixed.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats to Fisker on handling their first post-delivery snafu with aplomb.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        Likewise, kudos to A123 who realized that there was an *internal* defect in the batteries they delivered, and then took full responsibility for making the required corrections. "A123 Systems is committed to designing, developing and manufacturing batteries and energy storage systems that deliver both high performance as well as exceptional safety. We have determined that some of the battery packs we produce for Fisker Automotive could have a potential safety issue relating to the battery cooling system. Specifically, certain hose clamps that are part of the battery pack’s internal cooling system were misaligned, positioned in such a way that could potentially cause a coolant leak. Over time, it is possible that in certain rare circumstances, this coolant leak could potentially lead to an electrical short circuit. There have been no related battery performance or safety incidents with cars in the field. However, A123 and Fisker are committed to safety and are taking immediate, proactive steps to prevent any issue from occurring. We have developed a confirmed repair for this situation. In the short time since recognizing this potential safety issue, the root cause was quickly identified, a fix has been developed and corrective action is well underway. In total, fewer than 50 customer cars are involved in this action. We expect this situation to have minimal financial impact on A123, and our relationship with Fisker remains strong. We remain vigilant in our quality assurance efforts and confident in our ability to deliver safe, reliable products to our customers. Thank you for your continued support of A123 Systems. David Vieau CEO, A123 Systems
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