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NHTSA Launches Field Inquiry into Garage Fire Including Fisker Karma

A garage fire involving a Fisker Karma and other vehicles has prompted an NHTSA inquiry, Bloomberg reports. The fire occurred at a Sugar Land, Texas home. Fisker is currently working with NHTSA and insurance adjusters to discover what caused the blaze.

"We are conducting an ongoing field inquiry for an EV incident in Texas," NHTSA's director of vehicle safety compliance Claude Harris told Bloomberg. "We are still engaged in that activity, and no determination has been made at this time."

The automaker commented to Bloomberg that the inquiry was "routine" and noted that officials were looking at the other vehicles in the fire, as well.

"I can confirm our engineers on site have found the Karma's lithium-ion battery to be fully intact and the owner has told us the Karma was not being charged at the time the fire started," said Fisker representative Roger Ormisher in an emailed statement.

Bloomberg reports the owner purchased the vehicle after the recall of Karmas equipped with faulty battery packs issued in January. As we previously reported, that recall addressed hose clamps for the Karma's battery cooling system, which if improperly installed, could leak onto the battery and cause an electrical short, potentially leading to a fire. Datz told us there have been no other reports of Karma fires.

Source: Bloomberg