The Fisker Karma has had a troubled beginning.  Earlier this year the automaker issued a recall of their A123-made lithium-ion battery packs.  Last year cars were recalled due to problems with the battery coolant container.

Last month, a Fisker was involved in a spontaneous home garage fire in which the vehicle itself was implicated.  This fire is still under review by the NHTSA and an official cause has not been determined.

Following this news, however the company has just issued a new recall for an additional 19 vehicles which were built between Sept. 22, 2011 and Jan. 20, 2012.

In the course of the investigation from the first recall, the company decided these additional cars should also be recalled, bringing the total number of recalls to 258 units.

The reason for the recall is that battery coolant covers could conflict with clamps on the battery pack.  This could theoretically cause a leak of coolant and thus a battery fire.

Through the recall, owners can receive new high voltage battery packs.  Concerned owners should call Fisker at 855-575-7577.

The Karma is a fantastically designed luxury extended range electric vehicle that mates a high voltage 20 kwh battery pack with a 2.0 L turbo gasoline engine.  It is capable of up to 50 miles of pure electric driving, and 300 miles of total range.

Source (Wall Street Journal).

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