Fisker had some issues with Karmas and spontaneous combustion, as of late, and even mentioning the word “Fire” in Fisker’s home office is likely an offense likely worthy of firing. Wait, but you can’t say “Firing” either, so how about “Termination.” Reports out of New Jersey of Karmas catching fire following Hurricane Sandy couldn’t have possibly come at a worse time.

According to the reports, a group of Fisker Karmas were sitting at port in New Jersey when seawater submerged them. A short time after their submersion, 16 of the stored Karmas burst into flames. From the images we are seeing, they are total losses and we will likely never know the precise cause, but Fisker is diligently investigating the situation.

One thing is for sure here, this will likely not have anything to do with a flaw in the Karma’s design. It’s likely no more Fisker’s fault than a blow dryer’s fault for you getting electrocuted while drying your hair in the bathtub. It’s simple: deep water + electronics = “zap” and “boom.” This is multiplied when you add in the corrosive salt in the ocean and the fact that these cars were likely submerged for a long time.

We are more concerned with whether these cars were already sold to customers or if they were just dealership stock. Plus, with the financial eggshells that all startups walk on, we are concerned with how losing this large of a percentage of Karmas produced will affect Fisker’s 2012 and 2013 outlook.

We’ve reached out to Fisker to try to get a better grasp on the situation. We’ll pass any information we get along to you.


Source: World Car Fans

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  (1) posted on 01.17.2013

Seems like they are all for sale used on E-Bay with almost no mileage—what’s up with that???

  (341) posted on 11.7.2012

I do not think we’ll find out the true answer...

  (346) posted on 11.7.2012

how come if we drop a cell from a fisker or tesla battery pack in salty water they do eventually explode? Who is the liar?

  (377) posted on 11.7.2012

it’s because people never bothered to move their cars a couple of miles to highier ground knowing that hurricane is coming.

  (349) posted on 11.7.2012

the event came in Guinness Book of World Records? because I think it deserves

  (377) posted on 11.7.2012

was karma...if you know what i mean...was a small pun ... sorry anyway

  (346) posted on 11.7.2012

So, the reason the Karma’s burnt was because of "The Vehicle Control Unit is a standard component found in many types of vehicles "? how many other types of vehicles with this "standard component" burnt to the ground when flooded in the Hurricane?!

  (341) posted on 11.7.2012

i do not understand .. that car is electric? because otherwise I can not explain what happened

  (397) posted on 11.7.2012

God help! as possible? poor people. I feel sorry for themsmiley

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