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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.