2011 Lotus Evora Recalled for Possible Oil Leak


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    2011 Lotus Evora Picture

    Lotus Cars USA is recalling 80 supercharged 2011 Lotus Evoras with a manual transmission because of a possible oil leak. | July 30, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Lotus Cars USA is recalling 80 supercharged 2011 Lotus Evoras with a manual transmission because of a possible oil leak.
  • Engine oil may be ejected onto the road or rear wheels, which could cause a reduction in vehicle control and possible engine failure, said NHTSA.
  • A Lotus spokesman in the U.S. told Edmunds "we haven't seen a single problem here."

WASHINGTON — Lotus Cars USA is recalling 80 supercharged 2011 Lotus Evoras with a manual transmission because of a possible oil leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The engine oil cooler hose may chafe and rupture, resulting in oil loss," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Engine oil may be ejected onto the road or rear wheels, which could cause a reduction in vehicle control and potential engine failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Engine oil sprayed onto a heat source may also lead to a vehicle fire."

The affected cars were built from September 2010-September 2011.

"We haven't seen a single problem here," said Kevin Smith, the U.S. spokesman for Lotus in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Monday. "The issue happened on two cars in Europe. We're looking into a fix. Starting with model year 2012, the automatic gearbox on all supercharged cars got a new oil line. Retrofitting that line (on the 2011 models) may be the fix."

Lotus told federal safety regulators that the remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. A date for the recall has not been set. Owners can contact Lotus at 1-770-476-6564.

Edmunds says: Smith advises consumers to take their Lotus Evora into the dealer if they notice a problem. Others should "await further word from us."

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