Faulty Cooling Fan to Blame for Latest Fisker Karma Fire, Recall Initiated
August 18, 2012 6:39 PM
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Fisker Automotive pinpoints the cause of the blaze with the help of an expert
Last week we reported that a second Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid/electric vehicle
went up in flames outside a grocery store in California
. At the time, an exact cause for the flare-up was not immediately available, but Fisker Automotive was adamant that the fire
was not caused by the lithium-ion batteries
, the powerful electric motors, or the front-mounted turbocharged gasoline engine that serves as a generator.
Today, Fisker Automotive announced the final results of an investigation into the incident that was conducted in conjunction with Pacific Rim Investigative Services Group. It was determine that cooling fan located ahead of the left front wheel had an internal fault that caused the blaze.
As a result, Fisker Automotive is initiating a voluntary recall on all Karma sedans sold to date to replace the fan and install an additional fuse.
“We are committed to responding swiftly and decisively to events such as this to ensure total customer satisfaction,” said Fisker Automotive Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Henrik Fisker. “This incident resulted from a single, faulty component, not our unique EVer powertrain or the engineering of the Karma. As this situation demonstrates, Fisker Automotive is dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to address safety and quality concerns.”
Interestingly, Fisker Automotive also included a quote from the owner of the self-igniting Karma. “I have been incredibly impressed with the way Fisker has handled this incident," said Rudy Burger. "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.”
Hopefully Mr. Burger will have better luck the second time around.
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8/20/2012 4:58:06 PM
It is difficult from the Fiskar comment to dtermine whether or not the Fan was in a Fused Circuit originally or whether they are now for some reason adding a seond fuse. Running it in an unfused circuit would certainly be a plausable cause for the Fire and hence the PPE commment. Adding an additional fuse in the circuit which couldhaved shared a fuse with other devices, and therefore potentially putting it in a cicuit that has a very high amperage fuse thusly allowing the short circuited fan to catch fire is possible also.
I would favor the latter and expect that they are going to isolate the fan on its own fused circuit since it seems to have such a critical role in cooling what others have said to be an overstuffed and thus very hot ICE (internal combustion engine) compartment
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