Washington — Luxury automaker Aston-Martin is recalling 17,590 sports cars globally because of a problem with the accelerator pedal molding.
The recall affects most of the vehicles it sold in the United States since 2007.
The automaker said it recalling 5,000 2008-2014 DB9 and V8 Vantage, 2009-2012 DBS, 2010-2012 Rapide, 2014 Rapide S, 2011-2012 V12 Vantage, 2011-2014 V8 Vantage S and 2012 Virage vehicles. The counterfeit material may lead the accelerator pedal arm to break. If it happens “the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The new Vanquish model is not affected.
Last year, Aston Martin issued a similar recall and had replaced throttle pedal assemblies on about 1,000 vehicles. Those will need to be again replaced because of the counterfeit material.
Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assemblies. The manufacturer anticipates beginning the recall campaign on, or about, February 7, 2014. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service by calling 1-888-923-9988. Aston Martin’s recall number is RA-03-0017. The recall supersedes recall 13V-228. Any vehicle that has been remedied under the previous recall needs to have the current remedy applied.
The English automaker had begun shipping replacement pedals last year when it received a report from a Connecticut dealer that the part had broken during installation, prompting a new investigation. Aston Martin couldn’t replicate the failure, but confirmed it had counterfeit material.
Aston Martin and its supplier will be physically present in China to “directly supervise the production of all pedal arms.” Aston Martin said it plans to shift production of pedal arms “from China to the United Kingdom as soon as possible in 2014.”