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Fisker issues second statement about self-combusting Karma

Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
August 13, 2012
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Fisker's inability to catch a break is matched only by its vehicles' worrying reliability record. The company has issued another statement after a parked, thankfully empty Karma EV opted for some self-immolation in a Californian parking lot last Friday. It currently doesn't believe the cause was its (previously recalled) Lithium-ion battery, exhaust routing or electrical components, having learned that the ignition zone was outside the engine compartment, in front of the driver's side front tire. We've got the full text after the break, meanwhile we're considering doing a lot more walking.

"Fisker engineers, working with independent investigators from Pacific Rim Investigative Group, have begun preliminary examination and testing on the Karma involved in a fire in Woodside, California Friday, August 10.


Evidence revealed thus far supports the fact that the ignition source was not the Lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components or unique exhaust routing.


The area of origin for the fire was determined to be outside the engine compartment. There was no damage to the passenger compartment and there were no injuries.


Continued investigative efforts will be primarily focused within the specific area of origin, located forward of the driver's side front tire.


Further details will be announced after a full report is completed."

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