As cars become increasingly complex, with more and more systems controlling their operation, recalls for first-year models are all but inevitable.
Such is the case with the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, which is the second extended-range electric vehicle to come to market, following on the heels of the Chevy Volt.
Utilizing both an electric-drive system and a gasoline generator to provide power to depleted batteries (thus extending the range), the Karma was recalled at the end of December to fix a battery pack coolant leak that could have resulted in a short-circuit.
Now the Karma has received its second recall, this time to correct a potential software glitch that’s produced issues ranging from random check-engine lights to inoperative infotainment systems.
As Yahoo! Autos reports, the bug has put a new freeze on Karma sales, and will again prompt a recall of all existing models. It’s also elicited a response from Henrik Fisker himself, who’s pledged to call each owner to personally apologize for the inconvenience.
Fisker calls the sales halt “fairly normal practice” for bugs with supplied software, and says the new recall isn’t safety related.
A single owner has filed a complaint with the NHTSA after his Karma stalled while driving, but it’s worth noting that this may be unrelated to the reported software bug.
As with any other leading-edge technology, the first products to market are bound to experience the occasional gremlin. Let’s hope that this is final Karma recall we have to tell you about.