2011 Fisker Karma recall: most cars fixed already

All batteries being replaced after potential risk identified

By Will Dron on January 3, 2012 12:02 PM

Fisker Automotive, maker of the Karma extended range electric luxury sportscar, says the majority of the cars affected by last month’s recall due to possible battery fires are back in service.

The recall of a potential 239 cars – customer cars and those held by dealers  was announced by the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 21 December after Fisker notified them of a potential problem with the fitting of battery coolant hose clamps. If fitted incorrectly, the battery coolant could leak into the battery compartment and cause an electrical short that could cause a fire, Fisker said. No actual fires occurred, however.

Fewer than 40 Fisker Karmas, the company’s first ever vehicle, had been delivered and the company says it reacted quickly to ensure the safety of its customers.

“We decided that the immediate replacement of the battery pack in every vehicle was the right approach for all our customers, said CEO Henrik Fisker. “We identified the appropriate fix, made our retailers aware of the situation and began contacting all our customers within 48 hours and were well advanced with the recall ourselves before the official posting on the NHSTA website.”

The remaining customers have been contacted and appointments are being made for their replacement battery installation.

The Fisker issue comes after the NHTSA found there was a small risk of fire in the Chevrolet Volt, another extended range electric vehicle, following a severe accident. There was, though, never any question of a risk to drivers in normal use.