By all accounts, the Fisker Karma is one hot car. For a couple of owners though, perhaps it's too hot.

Similar to a situation in May, when a Karma caught fire for no apparent reason in a Texas garage, another has burst into flames in a Woodside, CA parking lot. Rudy Burger was returning to his car after grocery shopping when he caught in the act of self-immolation. According to Jalopnik, he immediately called Fisker, which, in turn, advised him to call 911.

Firefighters arrived quickly and the flames were subdued before much more than just the front driver's side was consumed. Considering that the A123 Systems' battery runs down the center of the car under the passenger compartment, it is possible that the pack was not responsible for the blaze. Wired got a statement from Fisker, which furthers this line of thought. It reads, in part:

Fisker understands damage was limited to the driver's side front corner of the car, away from the lithium ion battery and electric motors. The car was not being charged at the time.

In an electric vehicle, immediate suspicion is focused on the battery and high voltage components. The location of the damage to the vehicle in this incident appears to rule out that suspicion. Fisker has not had any battery or high voltage fire incidents with any of its vehicles
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Fisker has hired "an independent fire expert to assist the investigation" and says that once the probe is complete and the cause pinpointed, it will issue a statement on the matter. Fisker's current statement – and a video of the Karma conflagration – is posted below.



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Woodside CA Incident

Fisker Automotive can confirm that one of its Karma models was involved in a vehicle fire during a roadside incident in Woodside, California. No injuries were reported; the vehicle was parked; and the fire was extinguished safely by the emergency services. Fisker understands damage was limited to the driver's side front corner of the car, away from the lithium ion battery and electric motors. The car was not being charged at the time.

We have more than 1,000 Karmas on the road with a cumulative 2 million miles on them. There are more than 185,000 highway vehicle fires in the US every year. In an electric vehicle, immediate suspicion is focused on the battery and high voltage components. The location of the damage to the vehicle in this incident appears to rule out that suspicion. Fisker has not had any battery or high voltage fire incidents with any of its vehicles.

Safety remains our primary concern at Fisker, and is integral to the design, engineering and technology of the Karma, a model in which we have absolute confidence. Fisker staff have been in contact with the customer and are investigating the cause of this incident. We are also employing an independent fire expert to assist the investigation. A further statement will be issued once the investigation has been completed and the cause determined.

ABOUT FISKER AUTOMOTIVE, INC.

Fisker Automotive is a new automaker with a mission to build an innovative, eco-driven company that redefines and reshapes how the world thinks about cars. The company is leading the auto industry with its unique Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer™) powertrain technology, which combines the power and efficiency of electric drive with the range and freedom of a gasoline engine. Fisker was established in Southern California in 2007 by top auto designer Henrik Fisker and business partner Bernhard Koehler. In 2008 Fisker unveiled the Karma, the world's first luxury Electric Vehicle with extended range. On sale since December 2011 the Karma was delivered to the market in record time. The Karma is the first and only American car to have won the coveted BBC Top Gear Luxury Car of the Year award, Automobile magazine named it 2012 Design of the Year, and TIME magazine listed the Karma one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011. Fisker is headquartered in Anaheim, California and markets its products through a growing network of independent retailers around the world.

Fisker Automotive can be found online at www.fiskerautomotive.com


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      brnthchldrn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The thrill of routinely cheating death adds to the driving experience, I think.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Uh, hi is this Fisker? Yeah well my car is on fire, what should I do?"
      rü$╫
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry I know the area "woodside" and I just have to add...only a pompous ass would call Fisker instead of 911 hahha. Sorry.
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rü$╫
        Don't know that pomposity has anything to do with it. It does, however, indicate a significant lack of common sense.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Fisker understands damage was limited to the driver's side front corner of the car, away from the lithium ion battery and electric motors. " Mr Burger, your car burned up, but you'll be very relieved to know that the fire may not have started in the battery. All better.
        J D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Fisker's quote amused me. It's like, "Oh, the fire only started where the DRIVER SITS, so it's like no big deal, ya know?"
      Cruz_Control
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait. Wait. Wait. If this guy truly called Fisker before 911 if the car was already on fire, then he is a real nut job.
      Luke Lau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Totally understandable, when my car bursts into flames, I call the dealership before the fire department too.
      Nathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol at calling Fisker before calling the fire department. Typical eco-scum with no common sense.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nathan
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      swmrbob21
      • 2 Years Ago
      So when can we expect Justin Bieber's Fisker Karma to burst into flames?
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is why I don't buy stupid/silly hybrids.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
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        @That Guy
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      Slipstream
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha ha ha....sorry about that BUT I previously expressed my opinion about these "proof of concept" experiments on wheels being sold to an unsuspecting public........worse, being partially financed with tax payer money give-aways by a far left administration with points to score and political contributions to rake in. Is there anyone out there that is surprised by this second fire? I know, I know, the leftists willclaim that two out of how ever many of these disasters is well within the norm.......unless they happen to be the suckers whose garage burned down....or worse. Sad, so sad......... Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slipstream
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          Scr
          • 2 Years Ago
          Get your facts straight before your open yout yapper. We do not finance the oil industry with taxpayer money, we do not 'give' them any subsidy at all. US oil companies are eligible for tax incentives to invest in the very expensive operations of exploration (innovation) , job creation, and equipment purchases. These same incentives are available for ANY other business to do the very same things, as it is part of the US tax code. In fact, the percentage an oil company can deduct is FAR less than any other business, and yet, they still pay BILLIONS in taxes every year. You want to know the REAL subsidy? Look at how much the government makes out of the price of a gallon of gasoline when compared to the oil companies. And where does all that money go? Because it sure as hell does not go back into infrastructure and roads as they would lead you to believe.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      i want to see Justin Bieber's fisker spontaneously combust.... with him in it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fisker gave Beiber a Karma. Two Karmas have spontaneously combusted. Therefore Fisker is trying to off the 'Beebs. Well played, Fisker.
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