• May 29th 2009 at 8:58AM
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Tesla Motors has announced its first-ever recall, affecting all 345 Roadsters the Silicon Valley automaker produced in 2008. According to the official recall notice from the NHTSA, the rear hub flange bolts on some vehicles may not be torqued to proper specifications, which could lead to "degredation in vehicle handling and a rubbing noise from the rear of the vehicle." That, as you would imagine, would be bad, and if left unresolved could result in a crash.

The problem can be traced back to the Lotus factory in Hethel, England where the Roadster's main chassis is constructed before being shipped to the States to have its electric drivetrain installed. This being the case, Lotus has issued its own matching recall on the 27 Elises and Exiges that have shipped so far in 2009. As always, you are advised to contact the manufacturer as soon as possible if you've yet to be notified of the recall.

  • No. 2 - Tesla Roadsters are in production, albeit in small numbers still, and the company is still with us (for now at least). We've driven it and it's a wonderful sports car - even disregarding the powertrain. Factor in that electric drive and it's amazing. Unfortunately, recent financial issues have threatened the company's future. The investors seem committed to making Tesla survival so far.

[Source: NHTSA - Tesla | Lotus]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      go spam somewhere else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just wish I didn't have to Ctrl-C every post. Half the time (or more), my comments don't "take" on the first try. This site has a horrible posting engine, and when I've contacted AB with questions, I've never gotten a reply. I guess that's AOL for ya.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I almost never have issues with posting the comments, except with the content of my comments. But I would recommend that you switch to Google Chrome from Internet Explorer, try it, maybe with it it will be easier to comment, or try downloading IE 8 (I believe that is the latest version)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've posted comments with IE as well as Firefox and had the same issues. It's problem with the site, not with the browser from my experience.

        Mostly, the issues relate to comments not posting, or not posting as a reply under the correct comment. Mostly, the latter is solved by checking to be sure that the "replying to" part is listed, if it's not, you have to go back up to the comment and click reply again and it will fill in. But to have to check that every time due to a glitch in the system seems excessive. Especially since the comment section was updated not too long ago and none of the most glaring issues were solved, it was just made to look prettier.

        The issue with having comments state that you'll recieve an email to confirm(which curiously never shows up) despite having a login and password, I've yet to fully solve. I did discover the other day that the comment system doesn't link some links that may be included in your post. I attempted multiple times(on multiple computers and with both IE and Firefox) to post the same comment with errors every time. I found that once I removed an http link to a pdf file, the comment posted just fine. So, that may be part of it, but I think I've seen it happen before when I've not had any links in a post.

        Either way, it's obvious that I don't mind too much since I post here almost daily, but it's still annoying.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why can't GM make cars like that? How hard could it be?!?!?!

      Oh wait...what? They make a $100,000 sports car that sells better? And they haven't recalled 100% of them? And unlike Tesla, they make their own bodies, and chassis? And all in the USA?

      Must be some Big Oil conspiracy...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is GM making an ELECTRIC SPORTSCAR ? Stop with the nonsense, please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You continue to miss the point.

        Tesla is an American company, but they aren't a full-fledged automaker. 100% of their current lineup was designed by Lotus and built in the UK.

        I'm not ragging on Tesla at all. I'm just saying that they're basically a powertrain supplier, not a full-fledged automaker. I'm ragging on the people that complain that American companies don't do what Tesla does.

        If the D3 did what Tesla does, they'd be powertrain suppliers and not automakers.

        And the ONLY vehicles that I can think of that GM has sold here that weren't their design are the '85-88 Sprint, '85-88 Nova, '85-89 Spectrum, '89-'02 Prizm, '90-93 Storm, '89-03 Tracker, and the '03-10 Pontiac Vibe.

        And in the cases of the Nova, Prizm, Tracker, Metro, and Vibe, at least GM manufactured them at NUMMI and CAMI.

        You could make a case that the Aveo/G3 aren't GM designs, and you'd be right. But GM owns the company that designed them, and manufactures the cars, too.

        Yes, Tesla is an American-based car brand. But the whole cars, minus their powertrains, come from England and were designed by Lotus. They've produced and sold fewer electric sportscars so far than GM produced and leased EV1s (at a much lower consumer price), to boot.

        I'm not saying that Tesla isn't doing great things. I'm being sarcastic toward those who think that GM et al should be doing what Tesla is doing and are idiotic for not having done it already. They can't (though they've tried) and shouldn't. Because that's like saying apples should be more like oranges.

        So calm down a little.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Inline6, I'll go ahead and disagree with pretty much every point you've raised.

        Just to get it out of the way: how many GM cars have been rebadged versions of foreign cars ? Your arguement doesn't have a leg to stand on to begin with.

        You're saying Tesla's achievements are less impressive than GM's. Are you aware of what it takes to build a car making company from the ground up, in a span of a few years (and in this economy), as opposed to already having a major powerhouse that's been running for a hundred years, with an enormous infrastructure of plants, facilities, and dealerships ? Tesla set goals for their first and ambitious little sports EV, be it performance, range, etc, and hit all of these targets, almost right out of the gate. You're ragging on Tesla for using "largerly outsourced realities", are you aware that some of GM's vehicles are actually built in part or in whole in *gasp* foreign countries ? Tesla doesn't just build battery packs and install them. They've engineered the whole vehicle (drivetrain, systems, design) with the help of a partner for the chassis (just like the Big Three does often, for various sub-assemblies), and the end result only shares a single digit percentage's worth of parts in common with Lotuses, overall. If they could have found a suitable partner with a suitable small roadster platform with suitable characteristic to work with locally, they would have done that - but they had to start somewhere, didn't have the industrial means to start building everything themselves from scratch, so they went with a partner to help pen and manufacture the rolling chassis with them. A rolling chassis that's been engineered specifically, not just borrowed as-is. Based on an existing chassis, yes, but in the end quite different. Tesla's plans have always been start small, then pass the know-how and profit on to the next model, their electric sedan, and build it locally. A more affordable, more something-for-everyone vehicle. And the next will then be for any regular Joe.

        You keep implying that Tesla isn't really American, opposing them to the "American industry". Well, Tesla is quite very American, and a great example of American ingenuity and proficiency. And they're showing a lot more outside of the box thinking than GM has in a long time, sorry...

        I'm amazed that with all that oddly misplaced flag-waving, you fail to see Tesla as the can-do, All-American spunky underdog it is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, my greater point was to everyone who sings the praises of Tesla, complaining that it's only idiocy that keeps our American industry from doing what they're doing.

        They don't build their own cars...they just build battery packs and install them in cars. And it turns out that their cars are subject to recalls just like every other company.

        While the electric sports car is a great technological achievement, its low-volume and largely outsourced realities make it far less of a practical achievement than the major OEMs make every day with their mass-produced, low-priced, highly versatile, something-for-everyone machines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sea Urchin your comments might not have been deleted but you sort of have a record for number of low and lowest ranked comments here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how Autoblog deletes comments if they don't like what you have to say...Autoblog sucks b*lls
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've never had a comment deleted, so far as I can tell. I have had comments not post, and been told I need to wait for a confirmation e-mail even though I have a login. I think there's just some limitations to the comment system here.

        on topic, this isn't that surprising; did anyone other than star-struck Autoblog Green readers think they'd have a perfect launch of this thing? It's at least better that this is a relatively minor issue, I would have expected problems with the gearbox/transmission given how soon before launch they changed it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If it sucks _monstruosly_ on youtube and on each and every other blog site, why would it be any different on this site?
        The problem lies with the crappy blogging software concept - all of them - and because no one ever had the oh-so-simple idea of adapting the forum software to the blogging concept and put them all out of business.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No they don't, well sometimes.

        For the most part Autoblog editors do not even visit the comments section, if they did believe me i would have been banned LOOOOOOOOOONG time ago.

        • 6 Years Ago
        It's more likely your comment simply didn't "take" given the craptastic nature of the comment feature on this site. Bottom line, Autoblog's comment feature sucks, big time. This problem has been long-running, too. Pretty inexcusable given the fact we're not talking about rocket science.

        The rest of the site is good. But the comment feature needs to be fixed.
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