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Fisker recalls cars over fan scare

Luxury electric-car maker Fisker Automotive is recalling its Karma saloon to fix cooling fans that can catch fire.

The recall follows the company's probe into an Karma fire in Woodside, California, on August 10. The company says the fire had nothing to do with the car's lithium-ion battery.

Fisker said the cooling fans would be replaced and another fuse installed for added protection. Dealers will contact customers.

The Karma costs £64,000 and can go 30 to 40 miles on battery power. It has a back-up petrol engine if the battery gets depleted. Fisker has sold just over 1,000 since last autumn.

The company has received loans from the US government to develop its cars.

Meanwhile, General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 sport utility vehicles in the US and Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches that can cause fires.

The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 US states, Washington DC and Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.

GM has reports of 28 fires, and it does not know of any injuries caused by the problem.

Fluid containing the road-clearing chemicals can get inside the driver's door and cause corrosion in the power-window and door-switch circuit boards, according to documents posted on the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The corrosion can cause short-circuits, knocking out the switches and causing fires.

Dealers will replace the power-window switch for free, according to documents posted by NHTSA, and will also make repairs at no cost to owners living in states not covered by the recall.

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