Tuesday, January 10, 2012

$100,000 electric cars recalled over fire risk

 WASHINGTON — Even expensive electric cars get recalled sometimes.

Fisker Automotive is recalling its 2012 Karma because of a potential coolant leak.

The plug-in hybrid cars cost about $100,000. Fisker has sold about 50 of them and says 1,200 more are in production or waiting to be sold.

Improperly installed hose clamps in the car's battery pack could cause coolant to leak, which could start a fire. Fisker says no incidents have been reported by customers or retailers.

The company says it will replace the battery pack.

Fisker was founded in 2007 and is privately held. It's based in Irvine, Calif.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating a fire in the battery of a Chevrolet Volt that may have been caused by a coolant leak.

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