Fisker has announced the recall of certain 2012 Karma sedans to address a potential coolant leak within the battery compartment. Should the battery coolant solution drip on the high voltage battery assembly or surrounding circuitry, an electrical short and resulting fire are possible.
Unlike the highly-publicized, post-crash-testing Chevrolet Volt battery fires, no actual fires or short circuits have been documented on the Fisker Karma luxury sedan.
Some 239 Karma sedans are affected by the announced recall, but only 40 have been delivered to customers to date. The coolant leak, discovered by manufacturer Valmet, occurs when improperly aligned spring-type hose clamps, used on battery coolant lines, make contact with the battery compartment cover.
No customer complaints or warranty claims for leaking coolant have been received by Fisker to date, and dealers will replace the entire high-voltage battery pack at no charge to owners when the recall begins in January 2012.
Customers with questions or concerns can reach Fisker’s consumer affairs division at (855) 575-7577, option 2. Owners can also check the status of the recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline, at (888) 327-4236.