Fisker almost finished with electric vehicle battery swaps

Luxury electric car maker acts quickly on recall announced about two weeks ago.

Electric vehicle make Fisker Automotive said it is almost done handling the voluntary electric battery recall it initiated about two weeks ago for its Fisker Karma. The recall involved reinstalling A123-supplied battery packs that had been subject to a coolant leak issue.

One reason the incident was so high-profile is that it came on the heels of an investigation into Chevrolet Volt battery safety that was launched back in November by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That investigation is still under way.

Said Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker: “We will always react quickly to ensure the safety and quality of our cars. We decided that the immediate replacement of the battery pack in every vehicle was the right approach for all our customers. We identified the appropriate fix, made our retailers aware of the situation and began contacting all our customers within 48 hours and were well advanced with the recall ourselves before the official posting on the NHSTA website.”

The Fisker recall situation was the latest setback for the electric vehicle industry, which apparently failed to gain as much share as anticipated during 2011, according to an article earlier this week in the Financial Times. Part of the sluggish sales were pegged to the Japanese tsunami, but many American consumers apparently still aren't convinced.