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|08-20-2012, 05:40 PM||#1|
Light My Fire: Gov’t Subsidized Automaker Recalls Hybrid Model Over Safety Concerns
Electric-car maker Fisker Automotive is recalling all of its $100,000 Karma sports sedans to fix cooling fans that can catch fire. The recall comes after Fisker and a private fire investigation firm finished probing an Aug. 10 fire in a Karma in Woodside, Calif.
It was the second of its kind.
The company said the probe found that the blaze started in front of the Karma’s left front wheel where a cooling fan is located. Wiring in the fan failed and it overheated, causing the slow-burning fire, Fisker said Saturday.
Fisker said in a statement that the fire had nothing to do with car’s lithium-ion battery or other “new technology” components:
The investigation located the ignition source to the left front of the Karma, forward of the wheel, where the low temperature cooling fan is located. The final conclusion was that this sealed component had an internal fault that caused it to fail, overheat and start a slow burning fire.
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