Fisker Recalls 239 Karma Hybrids Due To Fire Hazard

Posted: Jan 2 2012, 12:31pm CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

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Recall due to hose clamp

The first Fisker Karma plug-in EV was delivered to actor Leonardo DiCaprio in August of 2011. Fisker has announced a recall on 239 of the Karmas that have been produced due to a potential fire hazard. The issue is a hose clamp inside the battery pack cooling system that was installed improperly.

The hose clamp should allow coolant to leak and the coolant could drip onto the electric circuits inside the battery pack. That coolant on the electrical wires poses a fire hazard. Leaking coolant is one of the potential causes of the fires that have plagued the GM Volt in crash tests.

Under the recall, the hose clamp will be replaced. The issue was discovered on December 16 at the Finnish plant where the Karma is assembled. Plant workers noticed dripping coolant and discovered the improperly installed clamp.

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