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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 omnicronx on 5/29/2009 12:40:47 PM , Rating: 0
How much do you think these employees were making? Most of them were in it for the long haul waiting for the company to become successful.

You also need to get your facts straight, Tesla released the news of the delay of the mainstream sedan at the same time they said they would lay off workers. You are kidding yourself if you think laying off these workers would enable them to release the sedan sooner than stated.


RE: Wait
By MozeeToby on 5/29/2009 12:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
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You are kidding yourself if you think laying off these workers would enable them to release the sedan sooner than stated.
Quite the opposite, I'm saying that being forced into laying off engineers and designers caused or increased the delay because of the expertise lost. I'm saying that Tesla, if they had a choice, would have kept that expertise for the developement of future products. The fact that laying off these people hurt their business plans significantly indicates to me that they didn't have any real choice but to do so.


RE: Wait
By omnicronx on 5/29/09, Rating: -1
RE: Wait
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/29/2009 3:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
That loan was done after the fact....


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