Fisker Automotive has ordered a recall of its Karma plug-in hybrid – the second since it was launched earlier this year – in the wake of a fire that destroyed one of the vehicles in a Northern California parking lot.
The maker blames a sealed fan unit for the blaze, rather than the lithium-ion battery pack. But the incident is nonetheless a serious setback for the struggling start-up which earlier this year had a federal low-interest loan frozen, forcing it to seek out private capital to help complete the development of its second – and arguably even more critical product line.
“We are committed to responding swiftly and decisively to events such as this to ensure total customer satisfaction,” says Henrik Fisker, founder and chairman of the California-based automaker. “This incident resulted from a single, faulty component, not our unique EVer powertrain or the engineering of the Karma. As this situation demonstrates, Fisker Automotive is dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to address safety and quality concerns.”