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Electric car recalled due to fan fires

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Drivers of a luxury electric car have had their vehicles recalled because the cooling fans can catch fire.

Manufacturer Fisker Automotive, which was lent money by the US Government to develop its cars, has recalled its Karma saloon after an investigation into a fire in Woodside, Califonia, earlier this month.

Fisker said that the car's lithium-ion battery had nothing to do with the fire and said that dealers would contact buyers to arrange for the fans to be replaced under warranty and another fuse to be added as an extra safety precaution, in addition to the original Car Warranty.

More than 1,000 US customers have bought the Karma since last autumn, which has a back-up petrol engine as well as the electric battery. The luxury car costs 64,000 and can travel up to 40 miles on battery power alone.

Other car companies that have also had to recall models recently because of fire hazards include General Motors and Isuzu. A problem in some of their sports utility vehicles has meant that a short-circuit in the power window and door switch needed to be fixed on more than 258,00 vehicles.

Models covered by the recall in the US include the GMC Envoy, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from 2006 and 2007.

published: 20/08/2012 17:00:00

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