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The majority of the Tesla Roadsters currently delivered have been recalled for a suspension defect. Tesla blames Lotus, which assembles the cars in Britain.

Lotus has recalled 27 of the 2009 Lotus Exige (pictured here) and Elise for the same problem. The problem was first found by a Tesla driver complaining about poor handling.  (Source: AutoBlog)
Tesla is not happy with Lotus for mishandling its manufacturing

Tesla Motors has become, for the time being, the face of U.S. electric vehicles.  After making news with the release of its all-electric high-performance roadster, and more recently for its partnership with German automaker Daimler (owner of Mercedes-Benz), the young startup now has some less pleasant news to report.

The company is recalling 345 of its Roadster sports cars produced before April 22.  It wants to inspect their suspensions as it suspects that a "small percentage" of the Roadsters have improperly installed bolts in their rear chassis, possibly compromising the suspension.  Tesla blames automaker Lotus for the problems.  Lotus assembles the Roadsters in Britain, and then ships them to California for redistribution inside the U.S.

Tesla has said the problem does not affect the $109,000 USD car's powertrains and no accidents have been reported. 

Lotus is also negatively impacted by the problem, as apparently it made the same mistake on some of its sports cars.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it has issued a recall on 27 of its 2009 Elise and Exige vehicles.

The 345 returned Roadsters represent over two-thirds of the 500 units currently shipped.  The problem was actually found by one alert owner, who reported that their vehicle was experiencing "uncharacteristic handling."

To minimize inconvenience on customers, the company is looking to send technicians to their homes to make repairs, or to take the cars to a service shop nearby.  Greg Zanghi, Tesla's director of service and parts operations states, "We plan to do everything we can to address this matter swiftly and keep customers satisfied."

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RE: Wait
By Truxy on 5/29/2009 11:29:50 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, they should have just pulled a GM - hound the government for billions (for sustainability) and then lay them off.

Tesla's a relatively small company. With the economy how it is, plenty of companies have had layoffs. The difference is Tesla laid the right people off and still released a (mostly) solid product.

RE: Wait
By mdogs444 on 5/29/09, Rating: 0
RE: Wait
By aGreenAgent on 5/29/2009 1:35:08 PM , Rating: 1
No it's not. They didn't request any bailout money.

They laid of some workers, and subsequently requested $350M in grants from an already existing government fund designed to help production of electric vehicles. Their intent was to use this money to build another production plant (so that they could make their second model, that more people COULD afford), not to bail out the company.

RE: Wait
By omnicronx on 5/29/2009 1:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think that is true, everyone I've seen it says it is a loan, which they would have to pay it back. A grant would imply they would be given the money.

RE: Wait
By Spuke on 5/29/2009 3:04:53 PM , Rating: 2
It can be a grant or a loan. Depends on their eligibility.

RE: Wait
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/29/2009 3:39:20 PM , Rating: 2
I believe it was Daimler who offered to loan the 350 million, not the government...

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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