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  (Source: Car and Driver)
Sixteen were destroyed by a fire while the rest had flood damage

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, Fisker Automotive lost 320 Karmas to either flooding or fires on the east coast.

According to Roger Ormisher, a Fisker spokesperson, 320 Karmas parked on a New Jersey port were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy last week. This meant a $32 million loss for the company.

Of the 320 Karmas, one had a short circuit that caught fire and due to high winds, 15 other Karmas caught fire as well. The rest of the Fisker plug-ins parked along the port were damaged by floodwaters.

These Karmas were shipped from Finland and destined for U.S. dealers. Ormisher said there may be a temporary shortage of certain color or trim options for the Karma, and that he doubts this loss will impact the price of the Karma in the U.S.

This year has been quite a rollercoaster ride for Fisker. The automaker had two incidents where Karma vehicles caught fire while in the possession of a customer. One occurred in May 2012, when a Karma plug-in was responsible for a house fire in Houston, and the second occurred in August 2012, where a Karma parked in a Woodside, California grocery store parking lot had went up in flames.

Before that, A123 Systems, the battery maker for Fisker's Karma, had recalled over 200 batteries for the Karma. However, Fisker said the battery wasn't the issue in the two fires this year.

Just last month, Consumer Reports flunked the Karma for its design and execution, saying that the vehicle has a cramped interior, limited visibility, awkward access and poorly-designed dashboard controls. 

Source: Inside Line

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RE: PR disaster
By maugrimtr on 11/8/2012 8:22:56 AM , Rating: -1
Well, this fire was caused by saltwater damage to a standard electrical part (shared with gas-guzzlers). Many other cars also spontaneously combusted due to similar water damage and short circuiting. Would be nice of Dailytech to at least pretend they researched something instead of selective regurgitation to spin the story as an anti-Fisker piece.

That aside, the first two fires are far more problematic for Fisker (see article above which demonstrates why!) since it leads to a reputation. Well deserved in the second case since it was a short circuiting fan that needed a recall (voluntary recall my ass - which idiot turned down a replacement?).

RE: PR disaster
By superflex on 11/8/2012 8:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
Please share your proof that ICE cars also spontaneously combusted.
Your use of "gas guzzler" makes me think you have an eco-axe to grind.

RE: PR disaster
By rdhood on 11/8/2012 10:28:22 AM , Rating: 4

Hundreds and thousands of ICE have been submerged in countless floods over the past decades. They do NOT spontaneously catch fire.

RE: PR disaster
By maugrimtr on 11/13/2012 4:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
Reality is calling...

The above addresses only spontaneous fires for comparison.

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