Saturday, June 2, 2012
Fisker Extends Battery-Pack Recall by 19 Cars built in..........four months.(WSJ).Fisker Automotive Inc. is recalling certain Karma plug-in hybrid cars from the 2012 model year to fix a battery-pack problem that could lead to fires.
In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said the recall affects 19 cars built from Sept. 22, 2011, through Jan. 20, 2012. The company also said the recent filing is part of a recall filed late last year for a similar problem.
A company spokesman said that after filing the initial recall documentation with NHTSA, the company determined additional cars should also be included. Typically a car maker would simply add those vehicles to the original recall paperwork. But in this case, Fisker said, federal officials required a new filing because 2012 had begun and the previous recall filing was completed in 2011.
The additional cars bring the recall total to 258 vehicles.
As with the cars in the earlier filing, the latest 19 Karma’s may have hose clamps within the high-voltage battery pack that were installed incorrectly during assembly. As a result the battery compartment cover could conflict with the clamps and possibly cause a coolant leak.
If leaking coolant gets into the battery compartment it could cause an electrical short, which could lead to a fire.
Under the recall Fisker dealers will replace the high-voltage battery free of charge.Hmmmmm.......Yup 'free of charge' the taxpayer fitted the $ 290 million bill already.Read the full story here.