Fisker Recalls 12,000 Ocean EVs Over Faulty Door Handles on Top of Bankruptcy

By Thea Felicity

Jul 09, 2024 12:03 PM EDT

Fisker Recalls 12,000 Ocean EVs Over Faulty Door Handles On Top of Bankruptcy
People gather and take pictures after the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV was revealed at Manhattan Beach Pier on November 16, 2021 in Manhattan Beach, California. The event was held ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobilityLA which runs November 19-28.
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Fisker Automotive Inc. is recalling thousands of Ocean electric vehicles (EVs) due to issues with exterior door handles failing to function properly. Reuters shared that this marks the company's third recall this month alone.

The recall affects 8,204 Ocean SUVs in the US, 513 in Canada, and 3,806 in Europe, totaling 12,523 units.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated four separate investigations into various problems linked to the Ocean SUV, originally designed to compete with Tesla's popular Model Y crossover.

READ MORE: Fisker Asks Judge to Approve Sale of Ocean EVs for $14,000 Each Amid Bankruptcy

What happened to Fisker Ocean?

Concerns over the defective door handles center on potential safety risks, with regulators warning that malfunctions could impede vehicle occupants from exiting in emergencies, potentially increasing the likelihood of injuries. This highlights the need for caution.

Customer complaints on social media platforms reveal occasional failures of the key fob to unlock the vehicle and recurring problems with door functionality. 

In response to the issue, Fisker has instructed its dealers across the United States, Canada, and Europe to halt sales of all affected Ocean vehicles currently in inventory. The company plans to conduct thorough inspections and replace faulty door handles free of charge. 

In addition to recalling vehicles due to technical issues, Fisker has also filed for bankruptcy protection to increase production of its Ocean SUVs and meet market demand. VCPost learned last month that Fisker intends to use the sale of its Ocean EVs, priced at $14,000 each, as a strategy to recover financially and sustain its operations.

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