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Fisker says majority of Karma units affected by recall involving battery pack back in service

Fisker Automotive announced that a majority of all customer cars and dealer-held vehicles affected by the recall involving A123-supplied battery packs (earlier post) have already had brand new battery packs fitted or the confirmed repair to the hose clamp assembly undertaken and are back in service, 2 weeks after Fisker was first made aware of the issue.

The remaining customers have been contacted and appointments are being made for their replacement battery installation.

We will always react quickly to ensure the safety and quality of our cars. We decided that the immediate replacement of the battery pack in every vehicle was the right approach for all our customers. We identified the appropriate fix, made our retailers aware of the situation and began contacting all our customers within 48 hours and were well advanced with the recall ourselves before the official posting on the NHSTA website.

—Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive

A123 Systems had determined that some of the battery packs it produces for Fisker Automotive could have a potential safety issue relating to the battery cooling system. Specifically, certain hose clamps that are part of the battery pack’s internal cooling system were misaligned, positioned in such a way that could potentially cause a coolant leak. Over time, the company said, “it is possible that in certain rare circumstances, this coolant leak could potentially lead to an electrical short circuit”.


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