Back in May, a Fisker Karma was parked in an owner’s garage when it suddenly burst into flames. That specific case was basically written off by investigators as a battery failure, being described as looking like a golf cart fire. This latest Fisker BBQ is a little different than the previous one, as the flames are in an area away from the batteries.

Fisker has released two statements in regards to this issue and essentially says: “we know of the fire,” “fires happen in cars,” and “we are looking into it, so calm down” in so many words. The second one summarizes as "we doubt it was the battery, as the fire was in the front," "the fire source was from outside of the engine compartment," and "we’re looking into it (again)." Fisker also states that it will release another statement once the investigation is complete and the final cause of the fire is determined.

Fisker is really doing everything it can to keep people from thinking that this fire has anything to do with its battery packs. One of the more likely causes to the lack of EV sales these days is the public fear of electrical shorts in these high-voltage machines and the related fires.

We’ll keep you updated on this one and let you know all of the latest news. Check out the above video to see the flaming Fisker being put out.

Click past the jump to read Fisker’s two press releases.


Source: Green Tech Media

Press Release No. 1

Woodside CA Incident

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Fisker Automotive can confirm that one of its Karma models was involved in a vehicle fire during a roadside incident in Woodside, California. No injuries were reported; the vehicle was parked; and the fire was extinguished safely by the emergency services. Fisker understands damage was limited to the driver’s side front corner of the car, away from the lithium ion battery and electric motors. The car was not being charged at the time.

2011 Fisker Karma
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We have more than 1,000 Karmas on the road with a cumulative 2 million miles on them. There are more than 185,000 highway vehicle fires in the US every year. In an electric vehicle, immediate suspicion is focused on the battery and high voltage components. The location of the damage to the vehicle in this incident appears to rule out that suspicion. Fisker has not had any battery or high voltage fire incidents with any of its vehicles.

Safety remains our primary concern at Fisker, and is integral to the design, engineering and technology of the Karma, a model in which we have absolute confidence. Fisker staff have been in contact with the customer and are investigating the cause of this incident. We are also employing an independent fire expert to assist the investigation. A further statement will be issued once the investigation has been completed and the cause determined.

Press Release No. 2

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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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  (728) posted on 08.17.2012

What is happening across the globe? I’ve been reading a lot of articles recently where the fire incident on the electric vehicle is significantly increasing.

  (473) posted on 08.16.2012

The Fisker has a problematic feature on their electric vehicle. It easily starts a fire leading to a greater damage to the car.

  (467) posted on 08.16.2012

They should create a thorough investigation regarding the cause of the fire. It can reflect in the quality of the Fiskar in terms of the fire.

  (463) posted on 08.16.2012

It’s better for Fiskar to check immediately their electric wiring, and they should also use fire-proof materials.

  (807) posted on 08.15.2012

The safety remains as their primary concern on this Fisker, and it is integral to the design, engineering and technology of the Fisker, a model in which we have absolute confidence.

  (507) posted on 08.14.2012

So that’s it started on the Lithium-ion battery pack. They should check it right away to prevent further damage on the other Fisker.

  (325) posted on 08.14.2012

I guess It’s not that safe to have electric vehicles because it can easily catch-up to fire unlike those cars having diesel and petrol engines.

  (683) posted on 08.14.2012

If I’m not mistaken, the Ferrari 360 Modena also catches fire while on the parking lot. What could be the reason or cause of this fire? Could it be an electrical wiring that led into the flames just like what happened on Modena?

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