Well, at least it's not GM again.
So far nothing serious has happened, but Lotus is wisely not taking any chances. The UK sports carmaker has just issued a recall for 860 of its cars, the 2008 to 2011 Elise and Exige and the 2011 Evora S coupes. More specifically, the affected 780 Elise and Exige cars were built between November 2007 and July 2011. The 80 Evoras were assembled between September 2010 and September 2011. So what’s exactly the problem here?
Well, it could actually be quite serious if it’s not fixed. According to Lotus USA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the oil cooler hose may detach from its fitting, thus allowing for the possibility for oil to spray on a tire, increasing the risk of a crash. Potentially even worse, oil could spray throughout the engine compartment, and increase the risk of a fire. Obviously Lotus will notify all owners and will make the necessary repairs free of charge. The Elise/Exige will require the oil cooler hose fitting to be replaced. The Evora S will have its oil cooler hose assembly replaced entirely.