Fisker issues OTA recall, stop-sale order for Ocean SUVs

Fisker’s troubles continue, with the latest setback being an over-the-air (OTA) recall for their only vehicle, the Ocean SUV. As a result of the recall, Fisker has also issued a stop-sale order to dealers until a fix can be implemented.

According to a notice issued by Fisker, there are multiple issues with the Ocean’s instrument panel. The brake, park, and antilock brake system warning lights are displayed in the wrong font size and, at times, the wrong color, making them non-compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

Additionally, several warning lights fail to illuminate during the ignition cycle, posing a potential safety risk. These problems necessitated a stop-sale order to dealership partners until a software update could be implemented.

Most importantly, the software in the Motor Control Unit (MCU) and Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) could cause the vehicle to enter a safe state protection mode, which may result in a loss of power.

Fisker says the safety recall for the MCU and VCU affects 11,201 Ocean SUVs in Canada, the US, and Europe, while the non-compliance recall affects 6,864 Oceans in Canada, the US, and Europe. In Canada, 281 vehicles have been identified as non-compliant.

Fisker plans to address these issues through an over-the-air (OTA) software update, OS 2.1, with the automaker expecting to complete the rollout of that software update by June 30, 2024.

Until then, all of Fisker’s dealer partners are not allowed to sell any Ocean SUVs. With the company’s financial troubles, it has shifted from an online ordering platform, to partnering with dealers to sell their vehicles.

This recall is yet another blow to Fisker, which has been on the brink of bankruptcy for months. The company has already halted production of the Ocean SUV and significantly reduced its workforce multiple times.

The NHTSA has also launched four active investigations into the Ocean SUV, probing issues such as inadvertent automatic emergency braking, sudden braking loss, vehicle rollaway, and doors that won’t open.

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