Tesla Recalls Electric Roadster

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tesla Motors is recalling more than half of its new $109,000 electric Roadster sedans to deal with a problem with the vehicle's steering, the automaker said Thursday.

The San Carlos, California, automaker said the recall will tighten rear bolts that were improperly assembled by Lotus, the contract manufacturer of the Roadster chassis.

The recall affects 345 Roadsters from the 2008 model year assembled between March 2008 and April 2009. The electric car company has delivered nearly 500 Roadsters, spokeswoman Rachel Konrad said.

The government said Lotus was recalling 27 Elise and Exige vehicles from the 2009 model year to handle similar problems.

A Tesla owner complained about poor steering around wide turns, leading the company to investigate. No injuries have been reported.

Tesla said the car's electric power train was not affected by the recall. The company plans to send technicians to owners' homes to tighten the bolts and provide a full inspection and software upgrade free of charge.

Tesla, named for Nikola Tesla, a pioneer in developing efficient uses for electricity, was founded in 2003 with $40 million in venture capital from investors including Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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