Fisker’s Hollywood-Approved Electric 'Karma' Car Recalled
The green vehicle, praised by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and John Lasseter, has been determined to be a fire hazard.
Electric carmaker Fisker has announced that the entire 239-vehicle run of its luxury Karma plug-in hybrids have been recalled due to a fire hazard stemming from incorrectly positioned hose clamps within certain high-voltage batteries.
The vehicles, which retail at $103,000, have proven popular with Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio and John Lasseter are fans, and Ashton Kutcher’s Internet mogul character on Two and a Half Men, Walden Schmidt, rides the car on the CBS sitcom.
Fisker filed an official report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, noting that the improperly positioned hose clamps could potentially lead to a coolant leak from the cooling hoses, thus causing an electrical short and then a fire.
The automaker says it discovered the issue in mid-December when employees at its Finland assembly plant noticed coolant dripping. No consumer complaints had at that point been voiced to the company, according to Fisker.
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