Lotus has recently announced a recall for the Elise and Exige because of a problem with the sports cars’ oil cooler line which might leak oil, increasing the risk of a crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 451 units of the Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige are affected by this recall in the United States and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers. The NHTSA says that the affected cars have a problem with the oil cooler line which may become detached from the fitting and, if this happens, oil could spray on the tire increasing the risk of a crash or an injury.
The NHTSA also says that oil under high pressure can also spray throughout the engine and this might lead to a fire. The Lotus Elise and Exige which are affected by this recall are from the 2007-2008 model years and they have been produced between December 1, 2006, and October 31, 2007. Owners of the two models are currently being contacted by Lotus and they will have to bring their cars to the nearest Lotus dealer in order to get their oil cooler hose and fittings replaced free of charge. You can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or Lotus at 1-800-245-6887 if you have question on this recall.