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Lotus Recalls Elise Sports Cars in U.S. for Oil-Line Leaks

October 28, 2011

(Updates with company comment in fourth paragraph.)

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Group Lotus Plc, the British sports- car maker, is recalling 5,037 Elise and Exige cars in the U.S. because oil-cooler lines may detach, causing oil to spray and increasing the risk of a crash or a fire.

Group Lotus, a unit of Proton Holdings Bhd., announced the recall of the model year 2005 and 2006 cars today on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Proton is Malaysia’s state-controlled carmaker.

New Lotus Elise cars sell for as much as $54,990, according to Motor Trend magazine. New Exiges sell for as much as $74,950, according to the magazine. The recalled cars may have oil spray from detached lines onto tires or into the engine compartment, the auto-safety regulator said.

“While a leaking oil-cooler hose could potentially pose a safety concern, Lotus is not aware at this time of any injuries that have resulted from this condition,” Kevin Smith, a spokesman, said in an e-mail. “Lotus is working on a remedy and as soon as possible will notify the appropriate authorities, its customers and dealers and will provide a timetable for completion.”

The cars’ manufacturing process has been changed since those with the defect were made, he said.

--Editors: Andrea Snyder, John Lear

To contact the reporter on this story: Angela Greiling Keane in Washington at agreilingkea@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net.


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