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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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To be innovative is not so easy
By Ilya Stavinsky on 5/29/2009 11:57:17 AM , Rating: 0
Tesla was a genuis in the field of electricity and magnetism and I am very pleased that Tesla Motor continues his tradition to be innovative, by getting rid of combustion engine as a base for improvement of car efficiency and by introducing completly new approach, electric vehicles. To go against main stream is not easy task and I wish the Tesla company the best of luck. See article "Aliens live in our Earth's atmosphere"
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RE: To be innovative is not so easy
By thekdub on 5/30/2009 2:40:56 AM , Rating: 2
Electric cars, completely new?

Nope. Electric-powered vehicles have been around about as long as combustion-powered vehicles. Over 100 years. None of them have been largely successful, which is why you don't see many (if any) on the road today.


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