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$100K Karma Hybrid Reportedly ‘Bursts Into Flames’ in CA Parking Lot

The Blaze -- In yet another example of a federally funded “green energy” failure, Fisker has confirmed that its Karma hybrid “burst into flames” in a California parking lot last Friday, in the words of Reuters.

The car was not charging at the time, and Fisker said the fire was not caused by problems with the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components or exhaust routing.

A Fisker Karma driver from Woodside, California parked his hybrid at the grocery store… and after grabbing the items he needed, returned to the parking lot to find that his vehicle was on fire.

He called the manufacturer immediately, who then told him to call 911. The Woodside Fire Department arrived to put out the fire, saying there was considerable damage to the front left area of the car.


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Submitted Aug 14, 2012 By: HYEgasCA
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 5:07:13 PM

Worth repeating:
Martinman
Auto fires are a daily occurrence in most large cities. Walk into any junkyard and you will find many vehicles there as a result of underhood fires - all of them gasoline-powered cars.

Had the individual that posted this for its politically-motivated trolling value, actually READ the article, s/he would have read:

"..., A123 Systems said that a poorly positioned hose clamp could potentially be the cause of such issues...."

There are numerous non-hybrid (i.e. gasoline) vehicle recalls due to poor placement of harnesses, hoses, hose clamps, etc., where road vibration causing damage to electrical harnesses, fuel lines, the battery, etc. - can result in vehicle fires if they go undetected.

Amazing how many jump on every little opportunity to try to bash, discredit, defame something, solely on political grounds, as a result of their political ideology...
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sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 12:30:07 PM

Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:57:47 PM

cheap publicity
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southrob
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:22:35 PM

hahaahahahaaha I mean thats terrible.
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WIWalt
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:14:43 PM

Makes me even less ready for one of those
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:10:48 PM

Bring a bag of marshmallows and a long stick with you.

[Edited by: rahcat at 8/15/2012 12:12:45 AM EST]
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Number43
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:07:47 PM

Burn bany burn.
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gasmack
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:07:30 PM

Hope it wasn't assembly sabotage caused by an employee who remained after the first were layed off.
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:07:14 PM

Bad karma. New technology, new problems.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:05:01 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:04:39 PM

Funny..., my wallet did that very thing when it thought I might purchase one of those cars.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:04:34 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:04:13 PM

When they said Karma's a B****, they meant it!!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:03:48 PM

Not ready for prime time.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:03:05 PM

bizarre...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:02:55 PM

Is that the car or the company?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:57:55 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:53:04 PM

How much does the insurance sompany cover? What type of deductible do you have for a vehicle like that?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:43:30 PM

Thank you Martinman. Very well said
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:40:59 PM

This is not good
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:39:12 PM

OUR tax dollars at work...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:38:48 PM

sounds like bad karma
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:38:20 PM

crazy calling the dealer B4 911...lol
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:35:09 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:31:23 PM

I will just stick with my 855 cu.in. diesel.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:31:08 PM

The ding-dong owner has waaaaaay more money than brains. Would you call your auto manufacturer or local car dealer if your car was on fire? Or would you call the fire department first? (9-1-1)
What an idiot!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:29:09 PM

Interesting incident. Of course the Karma Hybrid is not the only auto in the world which can catch on fire. Any auto or anything else can catch on fire.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:27:44 PM

old news

but the fire didn't come from the battery this time though.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:26:33 PM

And the folly continues.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:25:49 PM

surprised we haven't heard of more incidents
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:25:37 PM

WOW! NOT GOOD NEWS!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:24:55 PM

Thats not "hot"...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:22:19 PM

Stored energy at high currents levels is always risky...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:21:59 PM

200 9 volt batteries wired together make an impressive arc. Imagine 200+ lithium ion cells wired together in a confined space.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:21:48 PM

i paid for that car!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:19:19 PM

Auto fires are a daily occurrence in most large cities. Walk into any junkyard and you will find many vehicles there as a result of underhood fires - all of them gasoline-powered cars.

Had the individual that posted this for its politically-motivated trolling value, actually READ the article, s/he would have read:

"..., A123 Systems said that a poorly positioned hose clamp could potentially be the cause of such issues...."

There are numerous non-hybrid (i.e. gasoline) vehicle recalls due to poor placement of harnesses, hoses, hose clamps, etc., where road vebration causing damage to electrical harnesses, fuel lines, the battery, etc. - can result in vehicle fires if they go undetected.

Amazing how many jump on every little opportunity to try to bash, discredit, defame something, solely on political grounds, as a result of their political ideology...

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FlogNut
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:16:37 PM

How many taxpayer dollars does President Obama send to Fisker so they can build their cars overseas?
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NhCobra
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:16:00 PM

Is it just me? Or are these electrics & hybrids more combustible than combustible engine cars? ;)
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:11:40 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:11:04 PM

Haha
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:08:32 PM

Amen Timons!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:08:21 PM

Fisker?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:08:12 PM

aquarinut
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"Called Fisker first.... then advised to call 911..???

Goes to show that buyers that have more money than brains are the target market for this vehicle!!!"

Makes me wonder if it actually happened the way the idiot "driver" reported it... or set the blaze himself.

On the other hand, several years ago, a co-worker found his American-made pick-up truck on fire in his own driveway. The truck was not brand new, it was a manufacturing defect- just a ticking time-bomb.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:04:49 PM

LOL TIMONS!!!! VERY FUNNY!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:03:41 PM

OOPS!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:03:23 PM

I see these things are still not ready for prime time!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:03:02 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:02:55 PM

Bad Karma for the car.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:02:37 PM

Probably sabotaged by oil executives.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:02:19 PM

What could not happen now.
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