The Fisker Ocean is Under Investigation for Doors that Won't Open

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Fisker’s headquarters right about now. The struggling electric automaker is facing bankruptcy, accounting issues, and shaky reviews, but its troubles are far from over. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently said it opened a preliminary investigation into the company’s Ocean SUV after receiving reports that the latch handles prevented opening the EV’s doors.

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation has received 14 complaints from owners who say that they were unable to open the doors. Some said the doors wouldn’t open from either direction, which is obviously less than ideal if there’s an emergency. There were also reports that the Ocean’s emergency override mechanism failed to remedy the issue.

This is bad news for Fisker, but it’s just another log on the fire at this point. The company’s stock has been delisted, and its talks with Nissan regarding a potentially life-saving investment have fallen through. In regulatory filings, it noted significant doubts that it would stay afloat without new investments, though it’s currently unclear where that could come from.

Fisker has also struggled to sell its existing Ocean inventory, as spotty reviews have left a bad taste in potential buyers’ mouths. It recently slashed prices on entry-level Ocean variants, dropping the cost of entry to the mid-$20,000 range. The move tanked the values of the SUVs already in owners’ driveways and likely won’t do much to bolster sales, as buyers recognize the risks of purchasing a vehicle from a company that could go under at almost any moment.

[Image: Fisker]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Flameded Flameded on Apr 09, 2024

    Well, that's Slightly Better than an Investigation of a Fisker being Under the Ocean with doors that won't open..

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on May 06, 2024

    Probably should investigate the buyers too, maybe a basic psych eval?

  • Tassos Maybe Fisker and his buddy Bob Lutz will buy a couple and use them to be BURIED IN THEM.
  • Peter CHAdeMo charging ports. In 2024? I thought everyone quit using those a decade ago. Its almost like Nissan is intentionally trying to go broke.
  • Ron Hartikka the total time for someone charging in this manner would be 11.5 hours from empty to full….wrong, I think, by just being about a factor of 10. At 110V outlet I charge my SV at 2 mph. The range is 212 miles. 212/2=106 hours. Yes it takes 4 days. but it works for me and I love the car which is a 2019
  • Kosmo Anybody else remember that in the very early years of the Leaf that you could lease one for $99 a month?
  • Vatchy I am not anti-EV for everybody - just me. The don't currently meet my needs. Maybe when I'm old and don't go any farther than the nearest grocery store or pharmacy then it will meet my needs.