Every Karma Revero is Being Recalled Over Turn Signals

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

A recall has been issued for just about every Karma Revero EV sold inside the United States over an intermittent issue with the turn signals that place the model out of compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). While the defect isn’t dangerous in itself, the fact that turn signals could fail can exacerbate the likelihood of a crash.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Revero, don’t feel bad. Most people have never seen one.

The history of the vehicle is a tad convoluted. Henrik Fisker originally launched Fisker Automotive in 2007, with the Karma being the first model. But the EV company went bankrupt and the assets were purchased by Chinese auto-parts supplier Wanxiang Group in 2014. While the company is presently supposed to be rebranding itself, its initial play was to sell off the one vehicle Fisker has managed to produce before going under. The Karma went from being a model to an entire brand and a limited number of Karma Reveros were sold.

While Henrik Fisker would move on to helm another automotive company carrying his name, Karma pivoted toward suing Lordstown Motors over a technology dispute and trying to raise some money. However, its website is still taking reservations for automobiles manufactured in California and notes that it even has some new models in the works. But the Revero was the only arrow in its quiver and will reportedly be returning as a new-and-improved model once the company has reinvented itself.

Now, 269 examples of the original are under recall due to a faulty indicator circuit. The details stipulate that it impacts every trim and applies to all vehicles manufactured between July 2019 and December 2022 — which should encompass every unit sold inside the U.S.

The defect is said to occasionally cause the turn signal in the front headlamp to remain active for longer than it’s supposed to due to a faulty signal from the Vehicle Control Module. The company said the nature of the defect makes it impossible to repeat between vehicles. However, it’s supposed to take place a few times per month on average.

Drivers will notice the telltale sign of a fast-clicking turn signal indicator. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has cautioned that the problem can create scenarios that could increase your risk of an accident, the real issue is that the issue places these vehicles out of regulatory compliance.

The manufacturer has said there have been no injuries, deaths, or property damage is related to the defect. But you could see how a stuck signal might cause confusion on the road for other drivers and eventually lead to one. The issue can be overcome (at least temporarily) by restarting the vehicle or manually canceling the signals. But Karma is still obligated to issue a recall.

Karma says dealers will fit new headlights to affected vehicles and update the software free of charge. It’s also going to be notifying customers by mail on July 25th. However, based upon the number of people that have reported the issue, it sounds like almost everyone in possession of a Karma Revero would be aware of the defect already.

If you happen to own one, you’ll need to get it checked out. Additional information can be acquired by contacting Karma at 855-288-6109 or using the NHTSA recall website. You’ll probably want to have your VIN handy either way. The recall number is 24V-379.

Meanwhile, Karma plans on handling the issue while it prepares the next Revero and Gyesera sedan that’s assumed to supplant the Revero GS-6. The Kaveya electric grand tourer is also under development. But we haven’t heard much about it since it debuted in 2023 with some of the juiciest performance specs ever bestowed upon an EV. That said, it might be wise to temper expectations.

[Images: Karma Automotive]

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Vatchy Vatchy on Jun 12, 2024

    I don't see the problem. 99% of people I see on the road don't use turn signals anyway.

  • Marty S Marty S on Jun 13, 2024

    I don't think many of the EV's are that good looking (with the exception of the Tesla Type S). Am waiting to see what the Jaguar 4 door GT will look like, which they say will be "stunning" although I think they have made a big mistake. In any event, the Fisker Karma shows how an EV can be attractively designed, even after all these years.