Lotus is recalling 451 examples of the Elise and Exige from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The cars in question, built from December 1, 2006 to October 31, 2007 could be affected by an oil cooler line that detaches from its fitting. If the line comes loose it could release oil onto the engine and possibly start a fire, or onto a tire and potentially cause a crash.

A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates the recall is expected to begin on March 4. Notified owners can take their cars to their dealers for repairs to the lateral oil cooler hose and hose fittings. You'll find the full release from the NHTSA below with more information.
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Report Receipt Date: FEB 05, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V041000

Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 451
Vehicle Model Year(s) - Make - Model: 2007-2008 LOTUS ELISE, 2007-2008 LOTUS EXIGE
Manufacturer: Lotus Cars USA, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Lotus is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Elise and Exige vehicles manufactured from December 1, 2006, through October 31, 2007. The oil cooler line may become detached from its fitting.

CONSEQUENCE:
A detached oil line 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.

REMEDY:
Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler hose fittings and the entire lateral oil cooler hose, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on March 4, 2013. Owners may contact Lotus at 1-800-245-6887.

NOTES:
Lotus' number for this recall is 2013/01R. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Ernest Poirier
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have an '06. I called the number listed in the article and they confirmed that my Elise is affected as well. Don't trust the dates/years in the article. You'll feel much better calling the number, speaking with Ron and knowing that your car is on (or off) the list and act accordingly, rather than not knowing, driving it and watching it go Ka-BOOM
      tmspitrow
      • 1 Year Ago
      NO MATTER THE PRICE OF A CAR,ANYONE OF THEM CAN HAVE A PROBLEM. NO CAR IS PERFECT
      David Woolery
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got the notice from Lotus about this recall for my '06 Exige in November 2012. The dealerships started doing the recall work in January, and mine has already been retrofitted with the fix. I didn't realize this was news.
        CarNutMike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Woolery
        Slow news day? My buddy had his done 3 weeks ago or so. His is a 2005. Maybe their were two NHSTA recalls?
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly, given Lotus' history of reliability (or lack thereof) this is kind of amazing news.
        bleexeo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        Sorry, you know nothing of what you speak. My Elise was the most reliable car I've ever owned. BY FAR. Nothing went wrong. The only thing I had to do was change the battery (as in any car) during the five years I owned it.
      james.heed
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll never fully understand how things like this happen.
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @james.heed
        What, that in a car with hundreds or thousands of moving parts that are routinely subjected to the extremes of weather conditions and climates occasionally things go wrong? What's not to understand?
        Rick Hamilton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @james.heed
        It has a toyota engine.
          sfblog
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rick Hamilton
          This issue has nothing to do with Toyota.
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had an engine fire on my last month... To bad they didnt catch it early...
      Ross Carlson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another here confirming this isn't limited to '07 and '08 cars as my '06 Exige is also affected. Fortunately for me I upgraded my oil lines a few years ago as they've been talking about this recall for years (while several owners motors got cooked by it).
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got the recall notice for my 2006 exige so its not just 2007 and 2008. Also, a guy I know with a 2005 elise had his hose pop off, so Id wager its an issue with all 1.8L lotus
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