Fisker Ocean faces third NHTSA probe over door malfunction

Fisker has been dealt another blow as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated a third investigation into the Ocean model after receiving complaints about the car’s door failing to open.

Fisker Ocean EV owners have submitted 14 complaints to the NHTSA after the doors allegedly failed to open. According to a release by the regulatory agency, all of the car’s doors are affected. (via Automotive News)

“Rear left door handle will no longer open the door. Either from the interior or exterior. Unlocking and locking the vehicle does not resolve the issue. Fisker says to pull the interior door handle twice in case of emergency, but this does not manually actuate the door handle. Occupants would be currently stuck in my vehicle and unable to exit…,” reads one of the complaints.

The embattled EV startup has been the target of two probes by the NHTSA before due to the SUV’s braking issues and unintended, sudden motion by the vehicle. The last issue recorded a casualty.

Fisker was recently delisted from the New York Stock Exchange after its stock plunged to unacceptable levels. The company has admitted to facing an uncertain future if it fails to attract new investment. Its effort to secure a partnership with a prominent automaker failed and decided to halt production for six weeks.

In a bid a raise more cash, Fisker has slashed the price of its Ocean SUV in a firesale. In another subtle sign of more trouble for the automaker, Tesla has stopped accepting the Ocean for trade-ins, which YouTuber MKBHD slammed as the worst car he had ever reviewed.

It was recently reported that Fisker misplaced millions of dollars of customer payments.

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