Fisker issues official statement after Karma blaze

Aug 13, 2012
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Yesterday we reported that a Fisker Karma hybrid vehicle had caught on fire on Friday while parked at a grocery store while the owner ran errands. Sadly, this isn't the first time that a Fisker Karma burst into flames. Back in May another Karma caught fire while parked in the owner's garage and caught the home on fire as well.

No one was injured in either blaze and with two Karma vehicles now having spontaneously caught fire; Fisker certainly has a PR nightmare on its hands. Fisker issued an official statement on the latest blaze this morning noting that its engineers are working with independent investigators from Pacific Rim Investigative Group. Fisker and its outside investigators have begun a preliminary investigation into the blaze and have begun testing the Karma the caught fire Friday in Woodside, California.

Fisker reports that so far the area where the fire originated has been determined to be outside the engine compartment. The automaker points out that there was no damage to the passenger compartment and there were no injuries in the blaze. So far, evidence supports the fact that the ignition source was not the lithium-ion battery pack.

Fisker says that the evidence also supports that the source of the fire was not new technology components or the exhaust routing used in the vehicle. Investigators are primarily focusing on a specific area of original located forward of the driver side front tire according to Fisker. The carmaker promises more details will be announced after the full investigation report has been completed.

Official statement from Fisker:

Fisker engineers, working with independent investigators from Pacific Rim Investigative Group, have begun preliminary examination and testing on the Karma involved in a fire in Woodside, California Friday, August 10.

Evidence revealed thus far supports the fact that the ignition source was not the Lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components or unique exhaust routing.

The area of origin for the fire was determined to be outside the engine compartment. There was no damage to the passenger compartment and there were no injuries.

Continued investigative efforts will be primarily focused within the specific area of origin, located forward of the driver’s side front tire.

Further details will be announced after a full report is completed.


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