Fire risk prompts second recall of luxury hybrid

Author: Robert Arnold, Investigative Reporter, rarnold@kprc.com
Published On: Aug 22 2012 02:53:28 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 22 2012 03:02:28 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

For the second time in less than a year, the makers of a high-end electric hybrid car are voluntarily recalling the vehicles because of potential fire risks.

Fisker Automotive announced it was recalling 2,400 Karmas after an investigation determined a cooling fan sparked a fire in a vehicle in Woodbine, Calif., earlier this month.

Last May, Local 2 Investigates reported that Fort Bend County fire investigators ruled a Fisker Karma was the source of a fire that heavily damaged a home in Sugar Land. However, federal investigators have not determined specifically what sparked the fire in that vehicle.

At the end of last year, Fisker recalled the Karmas after the company discovered improperly installed hose clamps caused coolant leaks. In statement to Local 2, Fisker officials stressed that none of these issues involve the Karmas "lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components or unique exhaust routing."

"We are committed to responding swiftly and decisively to events such as this to ensure total customer satisfaction," Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Henrik Fisker was quoted as saying in a statement on the company's website.

Each Karma retails for approximately $100,000.