Closer than you think
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Central Wisconsin
Some cars, or even plastic parts batches within the same car, seem to be more vulnerable to this problem. For instance, there are multiple owner reports of Elise/Exige owners who have sticky air bag rings. Others like me have never had the problem.
I think it's a combination of prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, and the wrong selection of cleaning and detailing materials that contributes to break-down of the plastic surface.
Knowing that the airbag ring is so vulnerable I will only clean my steering wheel with a diluted solution of mild soap and water. When I do use detailing solutions inside the cockpit I only use products made for that application.
I don't have any scientific methods to prove my theory (owning just one Lotus) but it makes some sense to me.
2005 BRP Elise Sport, Hardtop, Stage 2 Exhaust, CF side scoops, CF splitter, Composite Worx seats, gunmetal stripes