NHSTA Now Investigating Fisker Karma Fire
Not so long ago, a new $103,000 Fisker Karma caught fire after having just been parked at the owner’s residence in Sugar Land, Texas. Since then, there has been more than a little debate over the circumstance, and the how and the why of the incident.
Now, ever interested U.S. auto-safety regulators, are on the scene, as NHSTA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) dispatched investigators to discover the truth behind the event. Claude Harris, director of vehicle safety compliance, issued this statement, while noting conclusions have not yet been formed:
“We are conducting an ongoing field inquiry for an EV incident in Texas. We are still engaged in that activity, and no determination has been made at this time.”
Previous to the launch of this investigation, Fisker Automotive has said that the car’s 20 kWh, A123 supplied battery pack, could not be the cause of the blaze because the car was not plugged in, and the cells where intact after the fire. The company also noted this car was not one of the original Karmas that was affected by a defective battery recall.
This will be the third high profile investigation of a plug-in lithium ion vehicle this year. Previously, there was an incident in North Carolina, and another in the NHSTA’s own parking lot with a damaged Chevrolet Volt. In both prior cases, no fault was on the part of the auto maker.
We are not sure how current investigation will end, but the media frenzy in the meantime cannot be good for electric vehicles in general.