Fisker to recall its Karma sedan to repair a faulty cooling fan

Article by Christian A., on August 20, 2012

Fisker Automotive Inc. is planning to recall all of its $103,000 Karma sedans to repair a faulty cooling fan linked to a California fire. Fisker, which makes luxury plug-in hybrid cars supported by U.S. government loans, is cooperating with investigators from Pacific Rim Investigative Services Group, a fire-analysis firm in Corona, Calif. In a statement, the company said that a defect in the fan in its front left corner overheated and resulted to slow-burning fire in the vehicle in Woodside, Calif., on Aug. 10.

Fisker and its dealers will inform customers about plans to get the fan replaced. Reuters said that the recall covers 2,400 cars. Henrik Fisker, the car's designer and Fisker's executive chairman and co-founder, said that the incident is caused by one faulty part.

He said that it wasn’t caused by the car's lithium-ion batteries, motor and other electric components. The incident comes after the recall last March by Fisker's battery supplier A123 Systems Inc. to swap the flawed packs.

It also issued a recall last December due to a software glitch. Fisker is doing what it can to improve its finances and sales after losing access in 2011 to a part of a $529 million low-interest loan that the U.S. Energy Department awarded in 2009.

Last week, the company named Tony Posawatz, a former General Motors Co. engineer who led development of the plug-in Chevrolet Volt sedan, as its new CEO, as the replacement of Tom LaSorda. Fisker's loss of the federal loan compelled the company last February to halt work at a Wilmington, Del., plant where it aimed to produce the Atlantic, a second car model.

In addition, being the first true Electric Vehicle in the world that has extended range, also known as EVer, the Fisker Karma is an excellent example of what the automotive industry can still offer. Developed by California-based Fisker Automotive, the Karma in a sense is a new car made by a new company and equipped with the latest in technology.

The name itself comes from a Hindi word which can be loosely translated as those who do good deeds will experience rewards. This is what the Fisker Karma does as it ensures drivers are able to drive a car that has both the performance and the style. However, it will be a car that is environment-friendly as the fuel economy and the emission levels are better that what many standard luxury vehicles today can offer.

Powering this new vehicle is the EVer powertrain which contains a number of proprietary features and according to Fisker, has a military stealth vehicle serving as the inspiration. With this engine, the Karma is able to go from standstill to 60 mph in merely 5.9 seconds. Even with the performance, estimates using real world driving and based on a yearly basis reveal that CO2 emissions are at 83 g/km with fuel economy of 100 mpg.

That the Karma is able to have really low fuel consumption and guarantee zero emission on demand while having an elegant design is not a surprise. This is because this four-door and four-seat model is the best example when it comes to Fisker’s vehicles that have Uncompromised Responsible Luxury while being able to deliver Pure Driving Passion.

While the Karma is considered to be responsible for bringing about the Premium Luxury EV class, its arrival in various showrooms during the summer is expected to bring in new standards when it comes to time-to-market. This is because it was just unveiled as a concept car back in 2008.

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