28 Dec '11, 1pm

Fisker, A123 figure out fix for Karma battery problems

Fisker, A123 figure out fix for Karma battery problems

A123 Systems said some the batteries it made for the Fisker Karma may cause the extended-range plug-in to short circuit because improper alignment of the batteries' hose clamps may cause coolant leaks in "certain rare circumstances," an official statement from A123 says. Fewer than 50 Fisker Karmas may have the problem and A123 is in the process of fixing the malfunction, which will have "minimal financial impact" on the battery maker and has not affected any vehicles already on the road. Fisker said it has already "developed a confirmed repair for this situation" and "a fix has been developed and corrective action is well underway." The malfunction marks the latest challenge in the relationship between A123 and Fisker. Last month, A123 laid off 125 workers at two Michigan plants because of Fisker's delays in launching sales of the Karma. Those layoffs may be temporary, if...

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