Karma Recalls Vehicle for Air Bag Failures
April 23, 2019—Although the Karma Revero has side-curtain air bags to help protect occupants in a rollover crash, those air bags may not deploy because the car's rollover sensors were never enabled, reported CNET.
The Revero violates federal rules requiring "occupant ejection" systems in new cars because the rollover sensors aren't functional, do not have a readiness warning light in the car's dashboard and there is no information on the system in the car's owner's manual, according to the report.
The automaker says it has no reports of real-world problems or injuries resulting from the sensor issue.
Karma discovered the flaw when it was testing the second-generation 2020 Revero, realizing that the rollover sensors in those models were disabled. That led to an investigation of the current Revero, resulting in the stop-sale notice sent to dealers on April 11 and to the recall action. The recall applies to the 2018 Karma Revero built after Sept. 1, 2017.
Because sales of the Revero have been very slow, however, Karma said the recall affects only 231 cars.