The Fisker Karma didn’t need any more bad press when several models caught fire after being submerged in water at a New Jersey port during Hurricane Sandy. But now it appears the luxury hybrid wasn’t alone in its combustion.
According to a new report, three Toyota Prius models parked at the same location also burned in the storm’s aftermath. Both the standard Prius hybrid and Prius plug-in hybrid models caught fire after being submerged in saltwater as a result of the storm. Reports state that there were 4,000 Toyota vehicles parked at the Port during the storm, and 2,128 of them were hybrid models. Since only three caught fire, it’s believed that it would take extraordinary circumstances for the hybrids to catch fire.
“One Prius out and out burned, the others just kind of smoldered and got really hot,” said Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman. “These were definitely extraordinary circumstances.” she added. “Once the salt gets in there, it’s ready to do damage.”
[Source: New York Times]