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12/31/11
automotive
2012 Fisker Karma Recalled for Fire Hazard  
Fisker Karma - one of the most beautiful cars ever built
Fisker is recalling 239 Karma plug-in hybrid sports cars because of a high-voltage battery problem that could result in a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Within the high-voltage battery, certain hose clamps may have been positioned incorrectly during assembly," said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "If positioned incorrectly, the battery compartment cover could interfere with the hose clamps, potentially causing a coolant leak from the cooling hoses.

"If coolant enters the battery compartment, an electrical short could occur, possibly resulting in a fire."

Production on the $102,950 Karma began earlier this year at contract assembler Valmet in Finland.

Fisker says it has not received any complaints, warranty claims or any other reports related to the problem but is recalling the Karma "out of an abundance of caution." It noted that of the 239 U.S. vehicles affected by the recall, "fewer than 40 are believed to have been delivered to consumers, with the remaining vehicles still in dealer inventory."

There have been no consumer complaints about the Karma posted on the NHTSA Web site.

Fisker told NHTSA that its dealers will replace the high-voltage battery. The recall is expected to begin sometime in January. Owners can contact Fisker at (855) 575-7577 or reach NHTSA's safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.

If you own a 2012 Fisker Karma, be aware that a recall is in the works.

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