2012-'14 Aston Martin Rapide Among Vehicles Recalled for Faulty Throttle Pedal Arm


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    The new Aston Martin DB9 is part of a wide-ranging recall of Aston Martin vehicles to fix a defective throttle pedal arm. | June 11, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Aston Martin is recalling 689 vehicles, including the 2012-'14 Aston Martin DB9, Virage, V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage and Rapide because the throttle pedal arm may break.
  • Aston Martin told federal safety regulators that a throttle pedal arm broke during a press event.
  • The recall is underway.

WASHINGTON — Aston Martin is recalling 689 vehicles, including the 2012-'14 Aston Martin DB9, Virage, V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage and Rapide because the throttle pedal arm may break, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The automaker says the action covers "all models manufactured from May 14, 2012 through April 10, 2013, except Graz-manufactured Rapide, new Vanquish and Cygnet models."

"Due to a manufacturing error, the throttle pedal arm may break," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the throttle pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash."

Aston Martin told federal safety regulators that a throttle pedal arm broke during a press event.

"An investigation into a report that a throttle pedal arm had fractured at a press event determined that a batch of throttle pedal arms had been made with a non-specified material," according to documentation filed by Aston Martin with the federal government. "The second-tier supplier to our throttle manufacturer used a plastic material that was not in accordance with the Aston Martin design specification."

The automaker said no prior warning will be apparent to the driver.

"So far, we have been unable to predict which parts will fail, but we suspect the broken parts had been subjected to heavy use," Aston Martin said.

Aston Martin dealers will replace the throttle pedal assemblies. The recall is underway. Owners can contact Aston Martin at 1-888-923-9988.

Edmunds says: Aston Martin said the fix will take about 15 minutes.

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