Happy New Year! Now please return your Karma

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! Now please return your KarmaIt’s January 1, 2012, a brand new year.  A time to set resolutions, review goals, and take stock of where you want to go this year.  If you are the owner of a Fisker Karma, the first place you need to head is back to the factory.  It seems that your $96 K car has a problem.

GigaOm reported on the recall of 239 Fisker Karma’s.  The letter to owners of the car from Henrik Fisker, CEO and Chief Designer for the company,says that 1,200 cars that have been produced or are in production will have battery packs replaced.  While this recall doesn’t begin to approach the size of say a recall from Ford or Toyota, it is sizable for the company.

Apparently there is a problem with the location of hose clamps within the battery. This could lead to leakage of coolant which in turn could create an electrical short. The electrical shortage could cause a fire, something a driver never wants to worry about. The battery packs are produced by A123, a Massachusetts company started in 2001.

The Fisker Karma was designed as “a range of beautiful environmentally friendly cars that make environmental sense without compromise.”  The car is a plug-in extended range electric vehicle, think Chevrolet Volt, but with luxury touches.  Of course those luxury touches are even environmentally sound since they only use wood from trees that have naturally fallen in the forest.  No forests were harmed in the making of this car.

The car can travel 50 miles on electricity before the need for the gas generator kicks in .  Once the generator has started, the car will travel an additional 250 miles before the generator needs more fuel.  The car has a top speed of 125 mph and 403 total system horsepower.

Fisker was started in 2007 in Irvine, California by Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler.  The idea was to create luxury environmentally friendly cars.  The Karma first debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.  Customers began receiving their cars earlier this year. According to Engadget the company has already shipped 225 cars by December 21, 2011 and was making 25 cars per day, all of which are subject to the recall.

The recall may tarnish Fisker’s image, but probably not for long.  Tesla, another luxury car startup in the US, recalled 439 of its Roadsters in October of 2010 to fix a problem with a headlight cable. Tesla is still getting great reviews and doing well.  After all,  even Rolls Royce has had to recall cars for possible engine fires. 

With company like that, Fisker shouldn’t let the recall slow them down.  Once they fix the problem the Karma should do well for those with the bucks to buy one.

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6 Responses to “Happy New Year! Now please return your Karma”

  1. PublicWifi:

    Even high priced hybrids can’t evade the risks associated with battery / electrical issues.

  2. kirstenfalls:

    Review the status of all the drivers in your family with your agent. Most discounts apply only to one portion of the auto insurance policy but still you should check “Clearance Auto” website.

  3. Joey:

    It really stinks that such a new company with gorgeous cars is already doing recalls. It is good though that they are doing this before anything else more serious happens. It is an really expensive car as well, so it should be expected that they fix the problem and fast. I may never be able to afford a Karma, but maybe the technology will be more available to everyone in the future!

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  6. Kathy:

    239 Fisker Karma, now that’s my dream car!

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