published Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Fire hazard fears in another federally subsidized electric car

Fisker Automotive, a company that got a loan guarantee of more than half a billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers, recently recalled hundreds of its $100,000 luxury electric hybrid sedans. Why? There was concern that the batteries in the sedan, called the Karma, are a fire hazard.

Ironically, the vehicle that has been recalled is actually assembled in Finland, even though the company is heavily subsidized by the U.S. government. Fisker told ABC News it couldn't find a facility in the United States that could do the work.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is already looking into fire risks in the also-subsidized Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in electric vehicle.

Does anybody really think American taxpayers are getting a good return on all these government "investments" in often-unpopular "green" vehicles?

The evidence seems to suggest we aren't.

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conservative said...

"Does anybody really think American taxpayers are getting a good return on all these government "investments" in often-unpopular "green" vehicles?"

The truth is Lieberals don't care. They believe in government, worship government and are wedded to government.

February 19, 2012 at 8:11 a.m.

Please stop lying. Fisker is converting a US factory now. But like almost any company, they aren't bound to national borders, but will contract labor out. I thought you like free trade.

I guess you like that as much as facts, or you would mention other recalls for gasoline powered vehicles and fire safety. Including school buses. Or did you not hear about that recall from Bluebird? Or Ford's vans with fuel tank issues. Even Volkswagen has a recall for their airbags and exhaust pipes. BTW, those Jettas are imported.

There are hundreds of recalls for vehicles every year. Being electric is incidental, and not related to the flaws. On the other hand, their are 4500 deaths involving gasoline each year. What about that?

February 19, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.
Plato said...

Here's another example of conservative illogic. Car A an electric vehicle has a potential fire hazard. Therefore Car B an electric vehicle also must have a problem.

However in this instance it is especially fraudulent since the Free Press editor did not even bother to check the facts. Had he/she done so they would have discovered that it was determined last month that there is no problem at all with the Volt. But then why bother with facts when there is a political point to be made about GM simply because they received government assistance?:

"A safety investigation into the Chevy Volt is now behind General Motors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday said that it has ended an inquiry into potential safety problems with the battery-run Chevy Volt.

"Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles," the agency said in a statement.

Read more:

The obsession with the right against GM is beyond rational. Republicans seem to be upset that their prediction of failure proved wrong and that the plan to save GM and a couple of million jobs with it actually worked.

February 19, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.
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