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    Model S VIN P01536 Robert.Boston's Avatar
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    Fisker Fires

    Official claims Fisker Karma to blame in Texas house fire
    Bad Karma?

    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...
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    Fisker should have really stared with a alternatively named car!!
    Ouch A123 ... 3.. 2...1....
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    Maybe the ICE caused it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yggdrasill View Post
    Maybe the ICE caused it.
    Seems unlikely sitting in the garage since the gas is just sitting in the tank, but the battery was likely charging. I'm sure the gas helped feed the fire though.

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    The Karma will run fans and at times the ICE after parking to cool and "shut down". Owners are apparently advised not to plug in until this process is complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckessel View Post
    Seems unlikely sitting in the garage since the gas is just sitting in the tank, but the battery was likely charging. I'm sure the gas helped feed the fire though.
    Each year over 300 000 ICE cars burn in the US, and 39.3% of these fires are ignited by mechanical failure or malfunction, such as leaks, backfires, etc. That's over 100k fires each year caused by mechanical failure/malfunction.

    The electrical side may be to blame (if in fact the fire started in the Karma), but it's by no means certain.
    Planning on getting a Model S in 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckessel View Post
    Seems unlikely sitting in the garage since the gas is just sitting in the tank, but the battery was likely charging. I'm sure the gas helped feed the fire though.
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    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.

    Right before the fire, the owner reported a smell of burning rubber.
    Still, though... ouch! Bad Karma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spatterso911 View Post
    Owners are apparently advised not to plug in until this process is complete.
    Uh, say what? That would be insane and practically saying the car is not safe while doing something that is natural to do with an EV. It's not like you're using a match to see how much fuel is in the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adm View Post
    Uh, say what? That would be insane and practically saying the car is not safe while doing something that is natural to do with an EV. It's not like you're using a match to see how much fuel is in the tank.
    From what I saw of the posts, it seems like there's some software issues that can cause faults to be thrown if you don't follow the above.

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    Charging could mean self charging.

    The idea of asking an owner not to do something like plugging in at convenient time is poor design. EVs have enough barriers to cross. A hybrid should have even less.

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