According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fisker Automotive is recalling 239 of its electric plug-in hybrids due to a battery safety issue. All 2012 models manufactured from July 1 through November 3, 2011, are being recalled.
Hose clamps that were not positioned correctly during assembly could interfere with the battery compartment cover, potentially causing coolant to leak from the cooling hoses. According to the recall, “if coolant enters the battery compartment, an electric short could occur possibly resulting in a fire.” Owners are being notified that dealers will replace the high-voltage battery at no cost. The recall is expected to begin in January.
The stylish and luxurious four-door Karma sedan, touted by the Society of Automotive Engineers as one of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world, was named AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s 2012 Design of the Year and Luxury Car of the Year by BBC Top Gear Magazine.
Its custom-designed solar glass roof is the largest to ever be crafted for a production vehicle, extending the driver’s driving range up to 200 additional miles per year.
The car’s interior features reclaimed and recycled materials including the wood trim, seating foam and carpet. The car is equipped with eight airbags and an onboard system that automatically triggers numerous safety response actions. The California-based, American car company was founded in 2007 by Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler.
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