Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma announces battery recall, yet again

Fisker's latest recall brings the total number of affected vehicles to 258.

Fisker Automotive Inc. has just announced the recall of certain 2012 model year Karma plug-in hybrids due to a battery-pack problem that may lead to fires. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents indicate that the recall affects 19 vehicles built from September 22, 2011, through January 20, 2012.

The recall is an extension of a similar recall filed by the automaker last year. Fisker’s latest recall brings the total number of cars affected to 258. Although additional affected vehicles would usually be added to the original recall notice, federal officials required a new recall filing because the previous recall was completed in 2011.

According to NHTSA documents, certain Karma hybrids may contain faulty hose clamps within the battery-pack. Select hose clamps may have been incorrectly positioned during assembly, which may potentially cause a coolant leak. Coolant leakage can cause an electrical short, thus increasing the likelihood of a fire.


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Nobody wants to admit that electric car battery technology just is not there yet. It may never be. Lithium based batteries are too expensive, too fragile, and don't have enough power density. Meanwhile the Prius (non-plugin) continues to soldier along getting 50+ MPG using tried and tested nickel based batteries that last forever. And it costs about $25K with everything a car should have. The fires in the Fisker and Volt are likley just overhyped examples of growing pains, but if someone ever gets burned you can kiss these taxpayer funded electrics goodbye.