Yesterday, we could report that the fickle Fisker that embarrassingly broke down in Consumer Reports’ driveway, received a new battery, under warranty. Now we hear that it was no breakdown. The Fisker Karma shut itself down intentionally to prevent bigger damage.
“The Karma performed exactly as it was designed to,” Fisker customers can read in a letter from Fisker CEO Tom LaSorda. The former Chrysler CEO and GM exec goes on to say:
“The onboard diagnostics detected a fault and entered a protection mode that shut the car down to protect other components. We are sorry for the inconvenience this caused the customer.”
According to Reuters, LaSorda put together a “SWAT team” of 50 engineers and other consultants to identify any problems or other issues experienced by Karma owners. New software is being tested “round the clock.”
“As soon as this procedure is complete we will send updated software out,” says the letter.
Consumer Reports maintains that the dealer repair invoice said the problem was “duplicated repeatedly” and a fault was found in the car’s battery and inverter cable. Mr. LaSorda needs to know: Intentional or not, a break down is a breakdown.