Official claims Fisker Karma to blame in Texas house fire

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Official claims Fisker Karma to blame in Texas house fire

Last week, a fire badly damaged the home of a new Fisker Karma owner, and authorities are saying that the electric car was the source of the blaze.

According to Fort Bend County, Texas, chief fire investigator Robert Baker, the Fisker Karma started the fire that spread to the house.

“Yes, the Karma was the origin of the fire, but what exactly caused that we don’t know at this time,” he said. The car was a complete loss.

According to Baker, the driver arrived home in the Fisker, pulled into the garage, and less than three minutes later the car was in flames. It reportedly was not plugged in at the time of the fire and the Karma’s battery remains intact.

Is this one of those eco-cars the gov’t gives you a tax break for buying?

I saw the thread title, and I thought the official was blaming a new sect of Eastern philosophy for the fire :stuck_out_tongue:

Me too. (blush)

Here’s rather more complete coverage from Yahoo!

After a local fire official said the blaze started near the Karma – which uses a gas engine to recharge its lithium-ion battery pack on the road – and not the two other vehicles in the garage, Fisker said on Tuesday that its probe was still underway, noting that the car wasn’t plugged in at the time and that the company “hadn’t ruled out fraud or malicious intent.” That line struck Guitterez as odd, according to his attorneys, who said Fisker has been swarming the garage since the fire:

[quote]Mr. Guitterez fully accommodated the precise and somewhat peculiar demands of Fisker Automotive, who sent their self-proclaimed SWAT Team of engineers and inspectors (that included their own forensic cause and origin investigator) to the Guitterez home within 24 hours of the fire. They descended upon the Guitterez home in alarming numbers and immediately demanded a 24-hour lockdown of his home, including the remains of the Fisker Karma vehicle. They also cordoned off portions of the Guitterez home with non-transparent tarps to block the view from the public. Fisker even had access to eyewitnesses, who were interviewed by Fisker investigators and those investigators were shown video footage of the Fisker vehicle on fire before any other part of the garage.

Guitterez now wants Fisker to end its probe “immediately.”
So far, the Texas fire is the only one of its kind to implicate a Fisker Karma, and federal officials have received no other complaints. ** But the Karma – engineered from part of a $529 million federal loan to Fisker – has suffered a series of glitches and recalls** since Fisker began production last year, two years later than originally planned. The answer to this mystery can’t come soon enough for Fisker.

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I bet he wishes they came with a fire extinguisher instead of a tax credit.

Me, too.

A lot of these electric car startup companies have received a really rude shock at just how hard it really is to produce a reliable automobile. We consumers have gotten so spoiled that we gripe about products in which 10,000 different parts function in symphonic union in -10F to 100F temps day after day, but once in a while break down and need a part replaced.

As many of these startup electric car companies are learning, it’s a bit harder than it looks. :rolleyes:

I don’t know. Its highly suspicious that any car would suddenly just burst into flames. I smell fraud.

Fisker Karma reportedly causes house fire in Texas but we can’t say yet that it is really the cause of the fire. The investigation is still ongoing. There are other things to be considered in the area like a large number of fireworks were discovered in the garage along with “an electrical panel". Chief investigator Robert Baker likened the fire to those caused by golf carts. Golf carts are electric vehicles and have very similar powertrains to electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Mr. Guitterez fully accommodated the precise and somewhat peculiar demands of Fisker Automotive, who sent their self-proclaimed SWAT Team of engineers and inspectors (that included their own forensic cause and origin investigator) to the Guitterez home within 24 hours of the fire. They descended upon the Guitterez home in alarming numbers and immediately demanded a 24-hour lockdown of his home, including the remains of the Fisker Karma vehicle. They also cordoned off portions of the Guitterez home with non-transparent tarps to block the view from the public. Fisker even had access to eyewitnesses, who were interviewed by Fisker investigators and those investigators were shown video footage of the Fisker vehicle on fire before any other part of the garage. {/QUOTE]

Any car company that came to my house and tried to lock it down would be invited to leave at gunpoint. Ain’t gonna happen.

Irregardless of this particular case outcome my post is true. Every one of these electric car startups has been plagued by serial budget over-runs, schedule delays, regulation compliance issues and reliability problems. Turns out its pretty hard to design and build things with all those thousands of moving parts and get millions of cycles of reliability from a product that more than just Warren Buffet and Bill Gates can afford.

The people who design and build cars have my respect. That’s all I’m saying.

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