It's getting pretty exciting out there for car enthusiasts who are also somewhat eco-conscious, with the advent of the all-electric Tesla Roadster a few years ago and the more recent release of the Fisker Karma -- an all-electric vehicle with a gas generator engine, much like the Chevrolet Volt.
Like many new cars and car manufacturers, the Karma is facing some difficulties with its first production runs. This current Fisker Karma recall is the third since the release of the vehicle, according to Forbes. The ironic issue with the $107,000 car is that the cooling fan overheats and can set it on fire, as it did to one car in Woodside, Calif.
So if there haven't been any accidents, why is Fisker recalling the vehicles?
As with any product, a person can file a lawsuit against the designer, manufacturer, and retailer of a product if it causes damage due to a defect. Cars tend to be recalled more readily because of the severe injury and damage that can be caused by certain defects.
In the Fisker Karma recall, the defect doesn't seem to create an immediate safety hazard while driving. Instead, concerns are more about property damage, as the car could catch fire and potentially burn down the owner's garage as well.
And if you can afford a Fisker Karma, you would probably have some other very expensive cars in your garage, pumping up damages beyond merely replacing the recalled car.
Of course, the recall process is far less expensive than dealing with multiple lawsuits about the same problem. It's also less expensive to replace or repair a part in a car than replace an owner's pile of ashes with a new Fisker Karma.
If you are lucky enough to be able to afford this car, here is the Fisker Karma recall information: The affected vehicles were built between June 15 and July 9, 2012. Fisker will notify owners and dealers will replace the parts free of charge. Call Fisker at (855) 575-7577 for more information.
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