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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: Sad for Tesla
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/29/2009 3:43:31 PM , Rating: 5
If Lotus wasn't a recognized brand, I would buy your argument but they aren't...they are a well known brand.


RE: Sad for Tesla
By Samus on 5/29/2009 4:52:17 PM , Rating: 3
I didn't know they actually delivered 345 of these things ;)


RE: Sad for Tesla
By PlasmaBomb on 6/1/2009 9:18:10 AM , Rating: 2
They have delivered 500 of them...


RE: Sad for Tesla
By PlasmaBomb on 6/1/2009 9:18:34 AM , Rating: 2
;)


RE: Sad for Tesla
By Regs on 5/29/2009 6:31:45 PM , Rating: 4
Actually it’s a little more tricky than that, and it really doesn't matter if it was X who did it or Lotus. Generally the agent owes the principal five duties - performance, notification, loyalty, obedience, and accounting. The agent, in this case lotus, was expected to exercise their represented skills as claimed to the principle (tesla).

But the principle is not completely out of the picture yet. A principle conducting an activity through an agent may be liable for harm resulting from the principals own negligence or recklessness. This includes giving improper instructions, authorizing the use of improper materials or tools, or establishing improper rules or policies.

To me and you, this sounds just like another assembly line anomaly (sh*t happens). Though is there something else Tesla is not saying? I guess Lotus will have a chance defending themselves, If they don't think it's their responsibility.


RE: Sad for Tesla
By tjr508 on 5/29/2009 6:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
It is more difficult than that. Tesla is an important client of theirs, so they can't just go slinging mud in the opposite direction.
From the initial number of vehicles produced to those recalled ratios, it does look like the Tesla modifications have something to do with making the problem worse.


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