July 25, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

Fisker recalls over 12,000 Ocean vehicles due to door handle issues

Fisker is issuing a recall for over 12,000 Ocean vehicles, including models from 2023 and 2024, due to a problem with exterior door handles sticking and failing to open. This marks the third recall for the company this month.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating multiple issues related to the Ocean SUV, which was intended to rival Tesla’s popular Model Y crossover.

Once a prominent EV startup, Fisker recently filed for bankruptcy protection after facing financial challenges while trying to increase production and deliver its Ocean SUVs.

The regulator has highlighted the safety risk posed by doors that fail to open, as it can prevent occupants from exiting in emergencies. Fisker will be replacing the defective door handles at no cost to customers.

Fisker has instructed its dealers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe to halt sales of Ocean vehicles in inventory and conduct inspections for the issue.

The company specified that 8,204 Ocean SUVs in the U.S., 513 in Canada, and 3,806 in Europe are included in the recall, totaling 12,523 units.

Customers have reported issues on social media platforms, such as difficulty unlocking the car with the key fob and doors failing to open.

Earlier in the month, Fisker recalled over 18,000 cars in North America and Europe due to software malfunctions and safety standard non-compliance.

Fisker, founded by renowned car designer Henrik Fisker, is the second automaker under his name to file for bankruptcy protection. The first, Fisker Automotive, faced bankruptcy in 2013 following a Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle recall due to battery issues.

Reporting by Chandni Shah and Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath

FAQ:

1. What is the reason for the Fisker Ocean vehicle recall?

The recall is due to issues with exterior door handles sticking and failing to open.

2. How many Ocean vehicles are affected by the recall?

Over 12,000 Ocean vehicles, including 2023 and 2024 models, are included in the recall.

Conclusion:

Fisker’s recall of over 12,000 Ocean vehicles due to door handle issues emphasizes the importance of ensuring vehicle safety and addressing defects promptly. Customers are advised to contact Fisker dealers for inspections and necessary replacements to prevent any potential safety risks.

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