Report: Fisker explains why 16 Karmas at a New Jersey port caught fire during Sandy

As reported last week, a total of 16 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrids went up in flames at a New Jersey port after being submerged in seawater due to Hurricane Sandy.

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Fisker has now released a statement that the fires in the 16 Karmas was caused by a short circuit in one car that resulted in a fire that was spread to other cars by high winds. The automaker said that salt damage caused the short circuit.

“There were no explosions as had been inaccurately reported,” said Fisker. “The Karma’s lithium-ion batteries were ruled out as a cause or contributing factor.”

“After a thorough inspection witnessed by (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) representatives, Fisker engineers determined that the damage to the Karmas was the result of the cars being submerged under five to eight feet of seawater for several hours that left corrosive salt in a low-voltage Vehicle Control Unit in one Karma,” the company said.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Inside Line