Lotus has issued a recall on certain versions of its Evora sports car due to a defective oil hose that could rupture, leading to more serious problems.
The recall affects supercharged 2011 Evora models that feature a manual transmission and were manufactured from September 2010 through to September 2011.
According to Lotus, only 80 of the affected cars are in the U.S.
The automaker explains that the engine oil cooler hose may chafe and end up rupturing. This would result in immediate oil loss.
Should the oil end up on the road or on the wheels of the car, it could cause a reduction in vehicle control and potential engine failure. Worse still, should the oil spray onto a heat source, such as the engine, it could even cause a fire.
Lotus is in the process of contacting owners of the affected cars and a remedy for this recall campaign is still being worked out. Owners will most likely be asked to bring their cars in to their nearest Lotus seller, which should be able to replace the engine oil cooler hose in question.
For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 13V314000) or Lotus at 1-770-476-6564 (reference recall campaign number 2013/03R).
Some readers may recall (excuse the pun) that Lotus has previously issued recalls for the same issue, once in 2011, then in 2012 and most recently last February.