Update: 338 Drowned Fisker Karmas in Port Waiting for Recall Fix
The flooded Fisker Karma saga continues to develop interesting twists.
First, Fisker’s insurer denied the automaker’s claim by refusing to pay for the total loss of 338 Karmas. Damages were estimated to be $33 million. Fisker responded by launching a lawsuit against its insurer.
Now, it seems, a fresh twist has entered the mix. According to details in court documents posted by automotive website Jalopnik, those 338 Karmas were waiting for replacement cooling fans, which were part of a voluntary recall issued in August of 2012.
“Although more than 900 other Fisker vehicles from the same ocean shipments previously had been transshipped to inland conveyances through FAPS, the 338 vehicles remaining in port were delayed to address various service requirements. All or virtually all of the vehicles were subject to a safety recall requiring the replacement of cooling fans before they could be distributed lawfully to retail dealerships. In addition, some of the vehicles required replacement of lithium ion batteries and software updates. These requirements resulted in delays of varying lengths in transshipping the vehicles to dealers via domestic conveyances.”
Fisker followed up with this statement, which it issued in response to an inquiry by AutoblogGreen:
“Fisker lost 338 vehicles in the flooding at Port Newark caused by Superstorm Sandy. Fisker has a property insurance policy with XL Insurance America (XL) and, obviously, believes that XL is obligated to cover this loss under the policy that Fisker purchased from XL. Fisker attempted in good faith to resolve its claim directly with XL but has been frustrated and disappointed by XL’s denial of coverage. As a result, Fisker determined that it was, unfortunately, necessary to file a lawsuit in order to resolve this matter. Fisker is confident that it will ultimately receive adequate compensation from XL for this loss.”
“As suggested, the vehicles, as is commonly known, had to have cooling fans replaced as part of the recall that we were doing and also all have software upgrades to current specification performed at port. We also ship from Valmet in larger shipments at a time as that is more economically viable.”
Needless to say, this unusual ordeal seems far from over.