2012 Fisker Karma Recalled for Cooling Fan After Recent Fire

By Jacob Brown | August 20, 2012
Sometimes, you get the feeling there are cars that get recalled more than a California governor. The 2012 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sedan, a $100,000-plus luxury car, is one of them. Having had a very public meltdown recently—both figuratively and literally—Fisker is now recalling its flagship sedan for a faulty cooling fan that led to a Fisker in Woodside, California, catching fire, and making its way throughout the internet's cycle of fodder. Some 2,400 Karma sedans are being recalled, more than 1,000 of which are in private hands. "Fisker has already contacted its retailer network. Customers are expected to be contacted by retailers, ahead of their receiving formal notice from the company by mail, to have the cooling fan replaced with a unit that meets the required specifications. At the same time an additional fuse will be installed for added protection," the company said in a statement.
The owner of the car, Rudy Burger, said in a statement he is undeterred by his car's failure. “I have been incredibly impressed with the way Fisker has handled this incident," he said. "I have personally started seven technology companies and know from direct experience that the U.S. needs more innovative companies of this type, especially in the automobile sector. He added: “Fisker is a great company and one that I am personally planning to invest in. I look forward to getting behind the wheel of my next Fisker.” It's not been an easy week for Fisker. Heck, it's not been an easy year. After being cut short of part of the $529 million the automaker was set to receive from the U.S. Department of Energy, it's had to refocus and find outside investors to keep the company afloat until it breaks even by sometime late next year, if not 2014. Just last week, Fisker replaced CEO of five months Tom LaSorda with former Chevrolet Volt chief manager Tony Posawatz. Also stemming from last week was an interview in Automobile Magazine in which rival green startup automaker Elon Musk of Tesla Motors said the Fisker Karma was a "a mediocre product at a high price." With yet another recall now here, it's easy to say "Fisker is a startup with new technology. It's going to have teething problems." But we expect too many more will very quickly lead to a breaking point for what all the buying public is willing to take. Sources: Automotive News (Subscription required), Automobile Magazine, Fisker