According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Elise and Exige models may have left the factory with a defective fitting that could cause the oil cooler line to become detached.The NHTSA warns that a loose oil line could spray the vehicle's tire, which could reduce traction and increase the likelihood of a crash. Oil spray could also cause a fire if it comes in contact with hot engine surfaces.
Lotus expects to begin the recall, which covers 451 cars in the United States, early next month. Lotus will fix the problem by replacing the oil line and the oil line fittings.
Lotus issued a similar recall back in 2011.
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