A Houston-area family escaped harm when their house suddenly went up in flames, and fire investigators say an electric car is to blame.
Jeremy Gutierrez pulled his Fisker Karma electric vehicle into his garage, parked it, and went inside. Three minutes later his garage, and home, were consumed in fire.
Gutierrez, his wife, his mother and a child escaped without injuries not, but his home suffered $100,000.00 in damage.
His child’s bedroom burned in the fire.
“The Karma was the origin of the fire,” said Fort Bend County chief fire investigator Robert Baker.
The Karma was a post-recall model. It was only a few days old and had just 200 miles. Gutierrez reports just before the fire began he could smell burning rubber.
Fisker, as you may recall, was given a $529 million taxpayer-financed loan by the Obama administration. Obama has hailed Fisker as an example of his successful U.S. economic policies.
However, Fisker builds its vehicles in Finland, not the United States. So far Fisker has sold poorly, was forced to recall vehicles and had its cars break down during Consumer Reports testing.
Fisker refuses to accept the findings of the fire investigator that their admittedly faulty vehicles were the cause of yet another electric car fire. What’s downright stunning is their implication Gutierrez used fireworks to burn his child’s bedroom with his family in the home, claiming “fraud or malicious intent” may be to blame.
An upset Gutierrez released the following statement:
On the afternoon of May 2, 2012, Mr. Jeremy Gutierrez’s brand new Fisker Karma hybrid electric vehicle caught fire while parked in his garage, setting fire to his home while his wife, mother, and child were inside. Thanks to the fast action of Mr. Gutierrez, he was able to evacuate his family from the home moments before portions of the house were engulfed in flames, including his child’s bedroom.
The Fort Bend County Fire Department immediately responded to the scene and as able to contain and extinguish the fire before total destruction of the Gutierrez’s family home. The fire department recently completed their investigation and determined the origin of the fire was, in fact, Gutierrez’s newly purchased Fisker Karma hybrid electric vehicle that he just took possession of two weeks earlier. Chief Investigator for the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office Robert N. Baker has concluded that the fire was accidental in nature.
Since the date of this incident, Mr. Gutierrez has been fully cooperative with public safety officials, as well as insurance adjusters and the vehicle manufacturer’s investigators. In fact, Mr. Gutierrez fully accommodated the precise and somewhat peculiar demands of Fisker Automotive, who sent their self-proclaimed “SWAT Team” of engineers and inspectors (that included their own forensic cause and origin investigator) to the Gutierrez home within 24 hours of the fire. They descended upon the Gutierrez home in alarming numbers and immediately demanded a 24-hour lock-down of his home, including the remains of the Fisker Karma vehicle. They also cordoned off portions of the Gutierrez home with non-transparent tarps to block the view from the public. Fisker even had access to eyewitnesses, who were interviewed by Fisker investigators and those investigators were shown video footage of the Fisker vehicle on fire before and other part of the garage. Mr. Gutierrez accommodated every request with the hope of have a full, fair and open inquiry into the cause of the Fisker vehicle fire that set his house ablaze and endangered his family.
Despite the fact public safety and law enforcement officials have determined Mr. Gutierrez’s home and vehicles are not a crime scene, Fisker Automotive released a public statement on May 8, 2012 implying fraud or malicious intent were open questions. The family is stunned by this implication. The Gutierrez family has afforded every accommodation to Fisker and access to all evidence that public safety and law enforcement official examined. Fisker’s statement is a grave disappointment, especially in light of the damages the family suffered and continues to suffer.
The Gutierrez family has suffered enough. They are temporarily displaced from their home, and have lost three vehicles. They value their privacy and wish to have this investigation completed immediately so they can return to their home.
The North Korean rocket traveled 100 miles before failing.
That’s three times longer than Obama’s Chevy Volt, which Popular Mechanics reports travels just 33 miles per charge.
A new parody of the ad for the hideously expensive, poor-selling and oft-flammable Chevy Volt mocks the vehicle’s massive government subsidies, its habit of bursting into flames and its ties to Barack Obama.
Go here to see the ad on YouTube, where it has already racked up over 300,000 views. That’s about how many taxpayer dollars it costs to produce just one Volt.
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Reason magazine has the story. Go here to read all the details.
If you’ve been revolted by the fact that every $40,000 electric Chevy Volt sold by Government Motors enjoys a $7,500 rebate at the expense of taxpayers, then better have some Dramamine before you read any further. James Hohman of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has calculated that the total subsidies—direct and indirect, federal and state—poured into this white elephant could add up to $3 billion or $250,000 for every Volt sold to date…
Despite holding information showing the Obama-mandated Chevy Volt electric car had in at least one case burst into flames three weeks after a crash test, both government-controlled General Motors and the Obama administration refused to disclose the potentially deadly defect,” Autoguide reports.
Joan Claybrook, a former adminstrator at NHTSA, tells Autoguide she believes the Obama administration did not release the information because of the “fragility of Volt sales.”
According to Claybrook the “NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert” and “not to tell them [customers] for six months makes no sense to me.”
“As a result the public relations nightmare surrounding Chevy’s halo vehicle appears to be deepening, though a good deal of the blame in this case also rests with NHTSA,” Autoguide reports.
The fire was caused by a defect in the toxic metal battery’s cooling system. General Motors sold the Obama-mandated vehicle to the public for six months before finally coming up with a procedure to power down the battery after a crash.
“It’s no secret Barack Obama wanted the Chevy Volt rolled out as soon as possible to score a political victory. Did Obama pressure General Motors to sell a vehicle they all knew was a potential deadly fireball?,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.
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“General Motors will buy Chevrolet Volts back from any owner who is afraid the electric cars will catch fire, the company’s CEO said Thursday,” the Associated Press reports.
“Three fires have broken out in Volts after side-impact crash tests done by the federal government. Akerson said that if necessary, GM will recall the more than 6,000 Volts now on the road in the U.S. and repair them once the company and federal safety regulators figure out what caused the fires,” the AP reports.
Thankfully there aren’t many of the Obama-mandated death traps to recall. Chevy sold only 1,139 Volts in November and will miss its annual sales goal of 10,000 cars by almost 4,000. Most of the cars that did sell were bought by, you guessed it, the government.
Despite pathetic sales and a lack of interest, and now the threat of the cars bursting into flames, government-controlled General Motors has dictated an inexplicable increase in Volt production.
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