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May 21, 2012

NHTSA Investigating the 2012 Fisker Karma Fire in Texas

Man. If it wasn’t for bad news, Fisker Automotive wouldn’t get any news whatsoever. The latest blow for the costly electric vehicle maker is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened up a field inquiry into the infamous Texas 2012 Fisker Karma fire.

It was only in early May that a parked Fisker Karma luxury sedan may have started a house fire in the Lone Star State. Though Fisker Automotive initially said that it had “not ruled out possible fraud or malicious intent,” it is now saying that it will not comment further until all of the facts have been laid out. Regardless of the finding, it is never good for a company’s first words to be so blatantly defensive. 

Also, though not mentioning Fisker by name, NHTSA director of vehicle safety compliance Claude Harris said, “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.”

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