Fisker Automotive Loses More Cars During Superstorm Sandy

Fisker Auto­mo­tive con­tin­ues to be in a tough sit­u­a­tion, with more evi­dence of design flaws sur­fac­ing in its Kar­ma plug-in lux­u­ry sports cars. . This cri­sis hap­pened dur­ing a year when 2,000 Kar­mas were pre­vi­ous­ly recalled to replace a faulty cool­ing fan. Toy­ota had a sim­i­lar prob­lem at the port with three Prius hybrids dam­aged by fire. One Prius burned and the oth­er two smol­dered and were dam­aged by heat. Two of these were plug-in Prius­es – the one that burned and one of the two that smol­dered. Toy­ota had a lot more hybrid and plug-in hybrid Prius­es at the port (2,128), so it wasn’t an issue of these vehi­cles being tick­ing time bombs wait­ing to go up in flames.

The Toy­ota may have been due to more typ­i­cal storm dam­age with salt­wa­ter get­ting into the elec­tri­cal sys­tem, while Fisker took a big­ger loss after los­ing a few oth­er Kar­mas this year under ques­tion­able cir­cum­stances. Fisker had not deter­mined the cause of the fires but will be inves­ti­gat­ing them.

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