• Jun 4th 2012 at 10:11AM
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In early January, Fisker Automotive said that the majority of the 239 Fisker Karmas that had been recalled had been fixed. Now it's time to put an asterisk on that statement.

The problem that caused the recall was this one:

Within the high-voltage battery, certain hose clamps may have been positioned incorrectly during assembly. if positioned incorrectly, the battery compartment cover could interfere with the hose clamps, potentially causing a coolant leak from the cooling hoses.
Consequence: If coolant enters the battery compartment, an electrical short could occur possibly resulting in a fire
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This mis-positioning has not caused any real-world incidents, but it is potentially dangerous and is therefore being fixed. Originally, Fisker said the affected cars were built between July 1 and November 3, 2011. A new update to that recall extends the build date to January 20, 2012, affecting another 19 cars (for 258 total). Because of the year change, new paperwork needed to be filed, which caused some false reports of a new recall. Fisker issued a statement (available below) in response to the false reports by saying the update is a "minor technical adjustment – in accordance with normal industry standards for all recalls."

A separate recall, this one affecting some of the prismatic cells in the Karma's battery, has not been expanded. A123 Systems is spending $55 million to fix that problem.
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MEDIA STATEMENT – ERRONIOUS REPORT OF ADDITIONAL KARMA RECALL

June 2, 2012 -- Fisker Automotive would like to reassure customers and dealers that it has not issued a new product recall, contrary to erroneous suggestions in an earlier blog-posting carried on WSJ.com today.

The minor adjustment to the VIN range is an administrative filing with NHTSA, the federal transport safety agency, to update information relating to an existing voluntary recall of 239 Fisker Karma vehicles from December 2011. This action was to realign hose clamps on the battery pack, and will now include a further 19 cars.

The owners of the additional 19 cars will be contacted for this minor technical adjustment - in accordance with normal industry standards for all recalls. No safety incident has been reported with any of the cars involved.

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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      marcopolo
      • 7 Months Ago
      Ah, ha, another very small Fisker based non-incident, but a great opportunity for all the Fisker haters to post hysterical comments about Fisker. How many of these detractors are politically based, to try to prove that EV technology is a bad investment for US government incentive programs, and how much is just bitter envy toward luxury cars is not easy to determine, but it all hurts the public perception of EV's in general. Hyped comments such as "It'd be nice if Fiskers stopped bursting into flames are typical of the wildly exaggerated attacks on EV in general,(Fisker being an easy target) out of 1000, fiskers sold, one Karma has been involved in a garage fire, the cause of which is yet to be determined. This negative lynch mob mentality helps create a negative impression for all EV's at a time when voter support is essential if EV's are to survive in ever increasingly difficult economic times. In 2011, the US auto-market issued over 130 recalls in 2011, involving tens of millions of vehicles. At the same time ICE automobiles were involved in over 300,000 fires. How is gloating at even mundane misfortunes besetting a new, small independent automaker, forging a new market, with new EV technology, helpful ?
      SVX pearlie
      • 7 Months Ago
      It'd be nice if Fiskers stopped bursting into flames, so this is a good step.
      dzuan
      • 7 Months Ago
      it's funny all these fanboys keep defending this car even though it sucks and has safety issues, just cuz it looks cool
        DarylMc
        • 7 Months Ago
        @dzuan
        What fanboys? Fisker needs all the lovin it can get just to survive as one of the few electic powered/ hybrid vehicles you can buy right now.
      MTN RANGER
      • 7 Months Ago
      They should have just recalled all 1000 and be done with it.
      Maddoxx
      • 7 Months Ago
      No one is saying anything political about EV's they're just making fun of Fisker's crappy reputation. Once again Marco no one cares about your delusional rants.
        marcopolo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Maddoxx
        Maddoxx Since you hate all EV's and Fisker in particular, I'm sure you can find another back country village in need of an idiot to inhabit.
          marcopolo
          • 7 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          Maddoxx So, you like two EV's that as yet, you have never seen or driven, and are not even on the market ? ( I accept that Elon Musk's Tesla S, should prove exceptional, but it's still a very expensive car.) In the real world, outside ABG, Fisker , Volt and Prius are the best known vehicles using EV technology. Fisker recognition is earned by it's association with high profile owners. But it's also the target of political attacks by those who oppose government funding for EV's. Keep disparaging Fisker, and you provide more creditability to those who could cancel government EV incentives. Leaf, Volt and Tesla etc, would become uneconomic to produce in any meaningful volume. In fact, Fisker is an incredible achievement, for a new company to produce such a revolutionary car in such a short time, especially with so little investment capital. Naturally, the Fisker Karma will have it's share of hiccoughs, but in fact, so far it's fared better than most new models produced by OEMs.
          Maddoxx
          • 7 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          I'm not against EV if they're good quality, reliable, and functional. I like the leaf, volt, tesla S, and the Infiniti LE. I just think the karma is over rated and gives EV's a bad image.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 7 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          Correction - Tesla was at this year's Top Marques Monaco 2012, I was looking at a 2011 exhibitor's list.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 7 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          At the risk of being too cheerleadery (I know how much some people on ABG just hate when we support automakers we think are doing it right)... Fisker is continually participating in high-profile events that include both alt-fuel/EVs and pure ICE audiences - and gets extremely positive reactions from eco-minded as well as pure-blooded gasoline drivers. The Karma is warmly welcomed into the high-end exotica shows as well as your local Whole Food's green fair. You might think the Fisker Karma "gives EV's a bad image", but if you were to go to any of the functions they participate in, you would see that Fisker is leading the way for EV acceptance among a very diverse audience. Just recently they were featured at the Global Green Awards, the San Luis Obispo Concours d'Elegance, the 2012 Bodensee-Elektrik Rallye, EcoVelocity in London, Top Marques Monaco 2012 (where was Tesla?), in addition to the numerous design awards they've received from major auto magazines. Fisker has done an amazing job of promoting EVs as a very viable - and *desirable* - alternative to a standard ICE auto.
          motorhead
          • 7 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          BTW How did they do in the 2012 Bodensee-Elektrik Rallye?
      Grendal
      • 7 Months Ago
      As long as Fisker continues to correct all the issues and continues to build vehicles then we should continue to support their efforts. What does it hurt us? It's a new company building a new product - of course there are going to be problems they didn't foresee. I'm not going to buy one but what does it hurt me to appreciate what they are trying to do?
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