In early January, Fisker Automotive said that the majority of the 239 Fisker Karmas that had been recalled had been fixed. Now it's time to put an asterisk on that statement.
The problem that caused the recall was this one:
This mis-positioning has not caused any real-world incidents, but it is potentially dangerous and is therefore being fixed. Originally, Fisker said the affected cars were built between July 1 and November 3, 2011. A new update to that recall extends the build date to January 20, 2012, affecting another 19 cars (for 258 total). Because of the year change, new paperwork needed to be filed, which caused some false reports of a new recall. Fisker issued a statement (available below) in response to the false reports by saying the update is a "minor technical adjustment – in accordance with normal industry standards for all recalls."
Within the high-voltage battery, certain hose clamps may have been positioned incorrectly during assembly. if positioned incorrectly, the battery compartment cover could interfere with the hose clamps, potentially causing a coolant leak from the cooling hoses.
Consequence: If coolant enters the battery compartment, an electrical short could occur possibly resulting in a fire.
A separate recall, this one affecting some of the prismatic cells in the Karma's battery, has not been expanded. A123 Systems is spending $55 million to fix that problem.
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June 2, 2012 -- Fisker Automotive would like to reassure customers and dealers that it has not issued a new product recall, contrary to erroneous suggestions in an earlier blog-posting carried on WSJ.com today.
The minor adjustment to the VIN range is an administrative filing with NHTSA, the federal transport safety agency, to update information relating to an existing voluntary recall of 239 Fisker Karma vehicles from December 2011. This action was to realign hose clamps on the battery pack, and will now include a further 19 cars.
The owners of the additional 19 cars will be contacted for this minor technical adjustment - in accordance with normal industry standards for all recalls. No safety incident has been reported with any of the cars involved.
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