Woodside CA Incident Messaging
August 11, 2012
Fisker Automotive can confirm that one of its Karma models was involved in a vehicle fire during a roadside incident in Woodside, California. No injuries were reported; the vehicle was parked; and the fire was extinguished safely by the emergency services. Fisker understands damage was limited to the driver’s side front corner of the car, away from the lithium ion battery and electric motors. The car was not being charged at the time.
We have more than 1,000 Karmas on the road with a cumulative 2 million miles on them. There are more than 185,000 highway vehicle fires in the US every year. In an electric vehicle, immediate suspicion is focused on the battery and high voltage components. The location of the damage to the vehicle in this incident appears to rule out that suspicion. Fisker has not had any battery or high voltage fire incidents with any of its vehicles.
Safety remains our primary concern at Fisker, and is integral to the design, engineering and technology of the Karma, a model in which we have absolute confidence. Fisker staff have been in contact with the customer and are investigating the cause of this incident. We are also employing an independent fire expert to assist the investigation. A further statement will be issued once the investigation has been completed and the cause determined.
Q: What was the cause of the fire in the car in Woodside?
A: We are currently investigating the cause. Unofficial photos show the damage was limited to the front corner, away from the lithium ion battery. The car was not being charged at the time
Q: What were the circumstances surrounding the fire?
A: Details are still forthcoming so we will hold comment until our inquiry is complete.
Q: Is this related to the Texas incident?
A: The Texas incident was a garage fire with many complicating factors and, to date, no known cause. We do not believe that there is any link between the incidents but can’t be certain until our investigations are complete.
Q: Was it related to the high voltage battery?
A: Due to the apparent location of the fire in the front of the car where there are no high-voltage components, and the fact that the car was not charging, we are confident it was not.
Q: What does this mean for the company? Can you survive?
A: This is another challenge that we will overcome with our customary speed and focus on customer satisfaction.
Q: Is the car safe to drive?
A: We have confidence in the Fisker Karma. Safety is our primary concern and if, after a thorough investigation, we determine that there is an issue with the car we will swiftly take the appropriate steps to notify all customers.