Fisker has been in the hot seat due to troubles with its Karma extended-range hybrid-electric luxury sedan that resulted in two recalls, ownership hiccups, and more recently the second Karma to catch fire. The first one to combust was in Texas earlier this year, the second one in California. The most recent incident has been traced to a faulty cooling fan, and the company voluntarily issued its third recall over the weekend.
Incident investigators, including Fisker engineers and an independent fire expert, isolated the combustion cause to a sealed fan component that had an internal fault, leading to overheating and eventually a slow-burning fire. Notably, this problem is not directly connected to the battery pack or powertrain.
Fisker has contacted its dealers, who will reach out to the approximately 1,000 owners to have the cooling fan replaced. In addition, a protective fuse will be added.
Consumer Reports has experienced several problems with our $108,000 Karma, slowing the evaluation of this sleek, innovative car. Our engineers are completing the test process, and we expect to have a complete, detailed road test to share soon. Until then, check out our first drive video below.
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