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Fisker Karma electric car recalled due to possible coolant leak and fire

Consumer Reports News: June 04, 2012 11:38 AM

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Additional 2012 Fisker Karma electric cars have been added to the 2011 safety recall for the hybrid car said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The issue again is tied to improper placement of coolant hose clamps in the electric cars' battery compartments. Coolant may leak from the hose, possibly causing a short circuit and fire with the Karma's main rechargeable batteries.

In December 2011, Fisker and NHTSA recalled approximately approximately 230 Karma electric cars for the same hose clamp issue. However, propulsion issues—especially those regarding its rechargeable batteries from A123 Systems—still plagued the $100,000 Karma sedan.

In March, the 2012 Fisker Karma purchased by Consumer Reports for testing and evaluation also ran into battery issues. Other owners of the pricey green machine also experienced problems with the main traction batteries.

A123 Systems had identified and fixed the issues with its batteries. And once the main traction batteries were replaced by Fisker, the vehicles—including Consumer Reports' 2012 Fisker Karma—have performed fine.

As with the previous recall, Fisker will directly notify the owners affected by this recall. Owners are warned not to drive or charge their vehicles until Fisker can arrange to transport the recalled Karmas to the local shop for free repairs.

Related:
Fisker shows smaller Atlantic plug-in hybrid sedan in NY
Fisker Q&A reveals other owners face Karma challenges, solutions are promised
Five questions with Henrik Fisker, father of the $100,000 Karma plug-in hybrid
















Sources:
Recall: 2012 Fisker Karma - Electrical propulsion system (December 2011)  Campaign #: 11V598000 [NHTSA]
Recall: 2012 Fisker Karma - Electrical propulsion system    Campaign #: 12V241000 [NHTSA]

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