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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Lotus Cars of America, Inc.

Models:

Lotus Esprit Years: 1997-1998


Number Involved: 160
Dates of Manufacture:
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V135
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Certain wheels were not properly heat treated for hardness. The rear wheels could crack and break, resulting in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy: Dealers will replace these wheels.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began June 30, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Lotus at 1-800-245-6887.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.