The cause of the fire is still unknown, the car wasn't plugged in and the battery was intact, but the Karma was in fact the origin of the fire. Two months after this, faulty wiring in a cooling fan caused another Karma to burn in California. But all of this pales in comparison to events surrounding Hurricane Sandy. Sixteen Karmas and one Toyota Prius
plug-in caught fire separately while parked in the port terminal in Newark after being completely submerged under saltwater as a result of the storm. These were a small fraction of the 330 total Karmas parked in the port, to say nothing of the more than 2,000 Prius plug-ins, but it was still only plug-in vehicles which caught fire.