Recalls: Lotus Evora for oil fire, Aston Martin V12 Vantage for tire pressure
Only 249 cars are affected, but it's a significant number for these low-volume automakers.
Two of Britain's exotic sports car manufacturers have issued recalls for a small handful of models, the 2011 Lotus Evora and 2010-2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Lotus is recalling 80 Evora S models in the U.S. and Canada to replace faulty oil-feed pipes, which are prone to rupture, leak and start a fire. Lotus said two fires and several engine failures have been reported, all outside the U.S. In total, about 500 Evora S models are affected worldwide. The Evora S was launched in the U.S. midway through the 2011 model year.
While the Evora's supercharged engine is sourced from Toyota, the oil pipe was designed by Lotus, and later Evora S models use a sturdier, one-piece oil-feed pipe, as opposed to the 2011 model's three-piece design. The company has not announced a recall date, but affected owners can call Lotus at 1-800-245-6887.
Aston Martin does not have a critical problem. The company is recalling 169 V12 Vantage coupes for tire-pressure monitoring systems that have been incorrectly calibrated according to U.S. specifications. Current U.S. law requires such systems to alert the driver when tire pressure falls below 25 percent of the recommended cold pressure. Aston Martin set the system for 31 percent, which means a driver would get a warning of a leaking tire later rather than sooner.
The company will reprogram the computer's threshold -- which it says affects the front tires only -- on 148 registered coupes and an additional 21 sitting on dealer lots. The roadster and V8 Vantage models are not affected. Aston Martin has not announced a recall date, but the automaker can be reached at 1-888-923-9988.
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