Official claims Fisker Karma to blame in Texas house fire Autoweek

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Official claims Fisker to blame in Texas house

These are the remains of a Fisker that, according to officials, a house fire in Houston.

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week, a fire badly the home of a new Fisker Karma and authorities are saying that the car was the source of the blaze.

According to Bend County, Texas, fire investigator Robert the Fisker Karma started the that spread to the house.

the Karma was the origin of the fire, but exactly caused that we know at this time, he The car was a complete loss.

According to the driver arrived home in the pulled into the garage, and than three minutes the car was in flames. It reportedly was not plugged in at the of the fire and the Karma’s battery intact.

Right before the the owner reported a smell of rubber.

The car was brand-new, said Baker. He had paper tags on it, so it was 60 days old at

According to Baker, the Karma was a vehicle bought in April.

was substantial damage to the garage, then spread to the second No injures were attributed to The house was new, but the owner had moved in.

Baker estimated at roughly $100,000, not including the two vehicles in the garage, a Mercedes-Benz SUV and an NSX.

This looks like golf cart we have down here, Baker. The suburban Houston has approximately 50 golf cart a year, he said.

I’ve homicide scenes with secrecy, Baker added. have to be about 15 engineers here working on this

While Baker seems of his conclusions, the incident is the subject of an investigation, and an official report is in the near future.

When for comment, Fisker had this to

Last week, Fisker was made aware of a garage involving three vehicles, a Karma sedan, that parked at a newly-constructed residence in Land, Texas. There no injuries.

There are conflicting reports and surrounding this particular The cause of the fire is not yet known and is investigated.

We have not yet seen any report form the Fort fire department and believe their investigation is continuing. As of multiple insurance investigators are and we have not ruled out possible or malicious intent. We are aware fireworks were found in the in or around the vehicles.

Also, an panel located in the garage to the vehicles is also being by the investigators as well as fire officials. Based on initial and inspections, the Karma’s lithium ion pack was not being charged at the and is still intact and does not to have been a contributing in this incident.

Fisker continue to participate fully in the but will not be commenting further all the facts are established.

Update

Editor’s note: received the following statement the attorneys representing the Fisker owner, Jeremy Gutierrez. The is reproduced below.

Houston, May 9, 2012 On the afternoon of May 2, 2012, Mr. Gutierrez’s brand new Fisker hybrid electric vehicle fire while parked in his setting fire to his home his wife, mother, and child inside. Thanks to the fast of Mr.

Gutierrez, he was able to evacuate his from the home moments portions of the house were in flames, including his child’s

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The Fort Bend County Department immediately responded to the and as able to contain and extinguish the before total destruction of the family home. The fire recently completed their and determined the origin of the fire in fact, Gutierrez’s newly Fisker Karma hybrid vehicle that he just possession of two weeks earlier. Investigator for the Fort Bend Fire Marshal’s Office N. Baker has concluded that the was accidental in nature.

Since the date of this Mr. Gutierrez has been fully with public safety as well as insurance adjusters and the manufacturer’s investigators. In fact, Mr.

fully accommodated the precise and peculiar demands of Fisker who sent their self-proclaimed Team of engineers and inspectors included their own forensic and origin investigator) to the Gutierrez within 24 hours of the fire. descended upon the Gutierrez in alarming numbers and immediately a 24-hour lock-down of his home, the remains of the Fisker Karma They also cordoned off of the Gutierrez home with tarps to block the view the public.


Fisker even had to eyewitnesses, who were interviewed by investigators and those investigators shown video footage of the vehicle on fire before and part of the garage. Mr. Gutierrez every request with the of have a full, fair and inquiry into the cause of the vehicle fire that set his ablaze and endangered his family.

Despite the fact public and law enforcement officials have Mr. Gutierrez’s home and vehicles are not a scene, Fisker Automotive a public statement on May 8, 2012 fraud or malicious intent open questions. The family is by this implication.

The Gutierrez has afforded every accommodation to and access to all evidence that safety and law enforcement official Fisker’s statement is a grave especially in light of the damages the suffered and continues to suffer.

The family has suffered enough. are temporarily displaced from home, and have lost vehicles. They value privacy and wish to have investigation completed immediately so can return to their home. The law of Johnson, Trent, West L.L.P. a Houston-based law firm, has and continue to represent the Gutierrez during this time. direct all inquires on the matter to our do not contact Mr. or Mrs.

Gutierrez Attorneys for the family, Lori or Rafe Taylor, can be reached at 222-2323.

May 10, 2012 update: NHTSA

Editor’s note: Autoweek the following statement from the Highway Traffic Safety The statement is reproduced below.

is aware of the incident and in contact local authorities. The agency continue to monitor the situation and appropriate action as warranted.

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