Fisker Automotive continues to be in a tough situation, with more evidence of design flaws surfacing in its Karma plug-in luxury sports cars. Sixteen Karmas caught fire on the Monday night of the hurricane at Port Newark in New Jersey. 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.