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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