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USA: Fisker recalls 2,400 plug-in Karma hybrids for fire risks

Washington — Fisker Automotive Inc. said Saturday it is recalling 2,400 plug-in hybrid electric Karma sports cars to replace a cooling fan cited as the cause of a recent fire.

The recall is the latest setback for the struggling startup California automaker. Of those, about 1,400 are in customers’ hands, said Roger Ormisher, a company spokesman.

The automaker said the recall was prompted by the roadside fire of a $103,000 Fisker Karma sedan on Aug. 10 in Woodside, Calif. Fisker said an investigation found the ignition source was a sealed component that had an internal fault that caused it to fail, overheat and start a slow burning fire.

“We’re attacking all of these issues head-on,” Ormisher said.

Fisker is recalling the cooling fan unit. Fisker said the recall campaign is not expected to have a material financial impact. The repair will take dealers less than an hour to complete, the company said.

This is the third recall to impact the Karma since December.
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