Fisker launching investigation into Woodside, CA fire incident, says batteries not to blameepisode featuring Fisker's Karma EREV aired earlier this spring, the company has experienced some bad kar...er, we'll go with luck. Just after our test drive of the plug-in luxury sports car went off without incident, Consumer Reports said that their privately owned Fisker Karma broke down during a fleet arrival inspection.
A few months later came reports out of Texas of a garage fire sparked by a Karma, according to officials. Although, Fisker said they could not rule out "possible fraud or malicious intent" in a statement provided to Autoweek.
With the cause of the Texas blaze still apparently unknown, Fisker has a new fire to put out. This time, in California.
Karma owner Rudy Burger found his car engulfed in flames in the parking lot of a Woodside, CA grocery store after returning from shopping. The car was not being charged at the time and no injuries were reported.
In an official statement, Fisker claims that safety remains the company's "primary concern" and that an investigation into the Woodside, CA incident would be assisted by an "independent fire expert." Today, the company released initial findings that conclude, thus far, that the li-ion battery pack, exhaust routing or "new technology components" were not the cause of the fire.