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Fisker Karma Ignites, Does $100K of Property Damage

by Mike Perlman | May 9, 2012May 9, 2012 2:45 pm PDT

karma-fire-1See that scorched heap up above? That used to be a Fisker Karma. It seems like the company just can’t catch a break these days, and the most recent incident just might push the company to the brink of extinction. Last week, a Sugarland, Texas resident’s Fisker Karma was blamed for a house fire that did $100,000 worth of damage to is house. Fort Bend County, Texas chief fire investigator Robert Baker claims the Fisker Karma was the cause of the fire.

“Yes, the Karma was the origin of the fire, but what exactly caused that we don’t know at this time,” he said.

The driver of the Karma said he pulled into his driveway, went into the house and three minutes later, the car was engulfed in flames. The car was not even two months old, and was a model that came after the Fisker recall that required 239 cars to have batteries replaced with safer, non-combustible ones. We’re surmising the new battery packs did not solve the problem.

A Mercedes SUV and Acura NSX were also casualties of the Karma fire, which would likely double the $100,000 property damage figure when factored in. Although the investigation is still pending, Baker does believe that Fisker is at fault here. The company thinks otherwise in its statement:

Last week, Fisker Automotive was made aware of a garage fire involving three vehicles, including a Karma sedan, that were parked at a newly-constructed residence in Sugar Land, Texas. There were no injuries.

There are conflicting reports and uncertainty surrounding this particular incident. The cause of the fire is not yet known and is being investigated.

We have not yet seen any written report form the Fort Bend fire department and believe that their investigation is continuing. As of now, multiple insurance investigators are involved, and we have not ruled out possible fraud or malicious intent. We are aware that fireworks were found in the garage in or around the vehicles. Also, an electrical panel located in the garage next to the vehicles is also being examined by the investigators as well as fire department officials. Based on initial observations and inspections, the Karma’s lithium ion battery pack was not being charged at the time and is still intact and does not appear to have been a contributing factor in this incident.

Fisker will continue to participate fully in the investigation but will not be commenting further until all the facts are established.

It’s nice of Fisker to show concern for its customer rather than insinuate that the Karma owner is at fault. Sarcasm, folks. I’ll give this company another month before it bites the dust.

[Via: Autoweek]


Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman grew up in Nintendo Land and developed a relationship with all things electronic and nerdy early on in his childhood career. Today,...

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