Fisker Karma Recalled Over Battery Fire Risk Issues
The “potential safety issue” announced by Fisker automotive earlier this week has now become a fully fledged recall.
The recall will affect approximately 239 vehicles that were built between July 1st, 2011 through to November 3rd 2011 , says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). Fisker says that the problem is caused by certain hose clamps connected to the cooling system that have been positioned incorrectly. When these clamps fail it has the potential for a coolant leak directly into the battery compartment which would cause a short circuit and inevitably a fire.
“Our quality check procedures have enabled us to identify a potential battery coolant issue at the factory and initiate a rapid response program to address it in the marketplace” said Henrik Fisker, chief designer and CEO at Fisker automotive in an open letter posted on the companies website addressed to all customers. “As a precaution we are replacing battery packs in the 50 cars already in customer hands with brand new ones, and are making modifications to address the issue in the more than 1,200 Karmas already produced and in production”.
The recall will begin during January of 2012 and will be free of charge to all clients. Anyone interested in more information can contact Fisker consumer affairs at 1-855-575-7577, option 2, 6am – 7pm (PST) Monday through Friday.