A lot full of Fisker Karmas was exposed to the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s force, and after the storm cleared, 16 of them had caught fire, and burned out completely.
This is not the first report of a Fisker Karma burning to the ground, although the company previously claimed that the battery pack was not at fault. A recall was issued shortly after the cars first hit the market for battery issues, and since there have been two specific reports of Karma’s burning; one at a house in Texas, and one on the roadside in California.
“It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in sea water during Superstorm Sandy. We can report that there were no injuries and none of the cars were being charged at the time,” Fisker said in an official statement.
“We have confidence in the Fisker Karma and safety is our primary concern. While we intend to find the cause as quickly as possible, storm damage has restricted access to the port.”
An investigation after the previous fires found that an electric fan was to blame for the issues, but in this case, none of the cars were running. The specific reasons for these fires are still unknown, but speculation is that the salt in the sea water may have had something to do with it.
“We will issue a further statement once the root cause has been determined,” finished Fisker.