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Industry News: Fire Official Claims Fisker Karma Caused A House Fire


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:05 PM

William Maley
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
May 8, 2012

More bad news for the Fisker Karma. A fire which engulfed a Fisker Karma and caused damage to house in Sugar Land, Texas is now be pointed at as the cause.

Chief fire investigator for Fort Bend County, Texas, Robert Baker told Autoweek that he belives the Fisker Karma started the fire.

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

Barker says the owner pulled into the garage with the Fisker and walked away. Three minutes later, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The vehicle reportedly wasn't plugged in at the time and the battery was intact.

The fire is still undergoing an investigation, and an official report is expected sometime in the future.

In a statement released by Fisker, the company says the cause of the fire “is not yet known and is being investigated.” The statement goes onto say that “multiple insurance investigators are involved, and we have not ruled out the possibility of fraud or malicious intent.”

Fisker also said in the statement, "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."

Fisker said they will not comment on the fire “until all the facts are established.”

This fire comes less than two months after Fisker and battery firm, A123 Systems issued a recall for 640 Karmas due to a possible battery defect. The Karma involved in the fire was a post-recalled one.

Source: Autoweek

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:42 PM

Wow, that is a big black eye for them.
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