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5,000 Lotus Elise/Exige Models Recalled!

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On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

5,000 Lotus Elise/Exige Models Recalled!

Without many of us noticing, Lotus has quietly become significantly more popular in recent years than they ever have before. Credit goes to the exotic looks, racecar handling, and potent yet fuel efficient engines. But, unfortunately, the more of these cars that are out there increases the risk of something going wrong with a few, or a lot of them. It seems that 5,037 examples of both Exige and Elise models from 2005-2006 are being brought back due to a faulty oil cooler line that has a propensity to become detached and potentially start a fire.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov!

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Lotus / Elise2005-2006
Lotus / Exige2005-2006

Manufacturer:Lotus Cars USA, Inc.
Mfr's Report Date:Oct 14, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V510000
NHTSA Action Number:PE11022
Component:Engine and Engine Cooling: Cooling System: Hose
Potential Number of Units Affected:5,037


Lotus is recalling certain model year 2005-2006 Elise and Exige vehicles manufactured from June 1, 2004, through November 30, 2006. The oil cooler line may become detached from its fitting.


A detached oil line could spray oil on a tire, increasing the risk of a crash, or it could spray oil throughout the engine compartment increasing the risk of a fire.


Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Lotus at 1-800-245-6887.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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