Fisker announces recall of the Karma following A123's disclosure of battery pack mistake
Late last week A123 Systems disclosed they'd found some mechanical problems in the battery packs they supplied to Fisker for the Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. (see A123 Systems finds problems in batteries for the Fisker Karma) It's now been learned from a report today in the Boston Business Journal that Fisker, of course, issued a recall last week citing the potential for coolant leaks and the potential for a fire.
The Fisker Karma is a luxury plug-in hybrid sedan designed by Henrik Fisker and is manufactured by Fisker Automotive. The car has been a long time in coming with several delays, and the company started deliveries last summer. So far 50 of the cars have been delivered, and there are another 1200 Karma's already produced or in production.
Fisker Automotive issued a recall through the NHTSA dated December 21, 2011 for "certain model year 2012 Fisker Karma passenger cars manufactured between July 1, 2011 and November 3, 2011". The recall states, as disclosed last week, that A123 identified a manufacturing flaw where "certain hose clamps may have been positioned incorrectly during assembly" and that any incorrectly positioned hose clamps could lead to a coolant leak and that "If coolant enters the battery compartment, an electrical short could occur possibly resulting in a fire".
Fisker plans to replace the battery pack at no charge to their customers, and to begin the recall in January 2012.