2008-'11 Lotus Elise, Exige and 2011 Evora Recalled for Fire Risk | Edmunds

2008-'11 Lotus Elise, Exige and 2011 Evora Recalled for Fire Risk


Just the Facts:
  • Lotus is recalling 860 2008-'11 Lotus Elise, Exige and 2011 Lotus Evora sports cars because the oil cooler hose may detach from its fitting, increasing the risk of a fire.
  • Lotus decided to expand an earlier recall for the same problem "following some failures in other markets and in vehicles outside the declared VIN range," the company told federal safety regulators.
  • Lotus said it has "not received notice of any reported deaths or injuries resulting from this issue."

WASHINGTON — Lotus is recalling 860 2008-'11 Lotus Elise, Exige and 2011 Lotus Evora sports cars because the oil cooler hose may detach from its fitting, increasing the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"A detached oil hose 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," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

Lotus decided to expand an earlier recall for the same problem "following some failures in other markets and in vehicles outside the declared VIN range," the company told federal safety regulators in a letter posted on the NHTSA Web site.

Lotus said it has "not received notice of any reported deaths or injuries resulting from this issue."

The affected Elise and Exige vehicles were built from November 2007 through July 2011. The affected Evora vehicles were built from September 2010 through September 2011.

Lotus said if the oil cooler line becomes detached the driver would notice several warning signs, including excessive oil consumption, an illuminated oil-pressure warning light, a trail of oil on the road or parking lot and increased engine noise.

Earlier recalls addressed Elise and Exige vehicles built between June 1, 2004 and October 31, 2007.

"The remedy introduced by these recalls is identical to that proposed in this notification and the vehicles repaired to date do not need to be re-visited," Lotus said.

Lotus dealers will replace the oil cooler hose fittings on the Elise and Exige and will replace the oil cooler hose assemblies on the Evora. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Lotus at (800) 245-6887.

Edmunds says: Since a date has not been set for this recall, it's best to stay in touch with your dealer for next steps. If you notice any of the aforementioned warning signs, take your car into the dealership immediately.

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