Jeremy Guitterez ‘s garage burned last week and he believes that his $102,000 Fisker Karma luxury electric sedan was the culprit. He wants Fisker Automotive to admit responsibility for the fire. The fire happened after he parked the car in his Sugar Land, Texas home. Fortunately he was able to evacuate his wife, mother, and child from the house before the fire spread to other rooms.
A local fire official said that the blaze started near the Karma. The Karma uses a gas engine to recharge its lithium ion battery pack on the road. The car was not plugged in at the time. Since the fire Fisker has been swarming around the garage.
Guitterez’s attorneys said:
Mr. Guitterez fully accommodated the precise and somewhat peculiar demands of Fisker Automotive, who sent their self-proclaimed SWAT Team of engineers and inspectors (that included their own forensic cause and origin investigator) to the Guitterez home within 24 hours of the fire. They descended upon the Guitterez home in alarming numbers and immediately demanded a 24-hour lockdown of his home, including the remains of the Fisker Karma vehicle. They also cordoned off portions of the Guitterez home with non-transparent tarps to block the view from the public. Fisker even had access to eyewitnesses, who were interviewed by Fisker investigators and those investigators were shown video footage of the Fisker vehicle on fire before any other part of the garage.
The Karma was manufactured from part of a $529 million loan to the car company. Federal officials have not received any other complaints, but the car has suffered from a series of glitches and recalls since production launched last year.