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Updated. Electric car maker Fisker Automotive issued its second recall of its inaugural car the Karma, this time due to a software malfunction that affected its entertainment and navigation systems, reports Hybridcars. Fisker will also temporarily halt sales of the Karma until the problem is fixed.

Ray Lane's Fisker Karma

Updated. Uh-oh. Electric car maker Fisker Automotive has issued its second recall of its inaugural car the Karma, this time due to a software malfunction that affected its entertainment and navigation systems, reports Hybridcars (hat tip Autoblog Green). Fisker will reportedly also temporarily halt sales of the Karma until the problem is fixed.

Update: Fisker Senior Director, Global Corporate Communications, Roger Ormisher tells me the car sales were halted due to the software glitch for about four days, but they are now selling the cars again. He also called the events a software upgrade, not a recall.

Last month, Fisker also recalled 239 Karmas, and that was due to faulty batteries made by A123 Systems. Fisker quickly fixed those cars by the first week of the year. Fisker also delayed the launch of the Karma several times over the past several years.

Fisker finally launched the Karma in summer 2011 and plans to ramp up production in the second quarter of 2012. Fisker also quietly decided to double its current Series D fund-raising round from $150 million to $300 million, according to a filing. Fisker investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Advanced Equities and NEA. A Fisker spokesperson told me recently that the funding boost wasn’t due to the battery recall, but partly had to do with the delayed volume ramp up.

Will Fisker be able to reach the kind of volumes with the Karma that it’s been hoping, and also make its date of launching its second car the Nina? Fisker says it plans to start assembling Project Nina in its Wilmington, Del., plant at the end of 2012, with sales beginning in 2013.

Here’s our video clip of the Karma:

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  1. “…a software malfunction that affected its entertainment and navigation systems”.

    How does this fit with the thing on Autoblog Green today about a deal with TomTom?

    “The three-year partnership deal announced at CES just this past week will see TomTom provide its latest route guidance systems into the vehicle touted as the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid.”

    http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/19/fisker-inks-deal-with-tomtom-for-satellite-navigation/#continued

    Was it the TomTom system that went wrong, or have they had to give up on their software and switch to an expert (TomTom), or is this a PR release to distract people from the other news?

    -Nick. :-)

  2. Katie Fehrenbacher Sunday, January 22, 2012

    @Nick F. I’m not sure. I’ll ask em.

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