Aston Martin Starts Recall From Scratch After Finding Counterfeit Material


  • 2014 Aston Martin DB9 Picture

    2014 Aston Martin DB9 Picture

    Aston Martin is recalling 5,001 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2014 Aston Martin DB9, after finding that a Chinese supplier used counterfeit material. | February 05, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Aston Martin is recalling 5,001 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2008-'14 DB9 and V8 Vantage, after finding that a Chinese supplier used counterfeit material.
  • Other vehicles included in the recall redo include the 2009-'12 Aston Martin DBS, 2010-'12 Rapide, 2014 Rapide S, 2011-'12 V12 Vantage, 2011-'14 V8 Vantage S and 2012 Virage.
  • The automaker began the recall last May because the throttle pedal arm could break, returning the engine to idle.

WASHINGTON Aston Martin is recalling 5,001 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2008-'14 DB9 and V8 Vantage, after finding that a Chinese supplier used counterfeit material, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Other vehicles included in the recall redo include the 2009-'12 Aston Martin DBS, 2010-'12 Rapide, 2014 Rapide S, 2011-'12 V12 Vantage, 2011-'14 V8 Vantage S and 2012 Virage.

The automaker began the recall last May because the throttle pedal arm could break.

"If the accelerator 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," said NHTSA in its updated summary of the problem.

Last fall, Aston Martin said it had underestimated the number of affected vehicles and increased that number. Then, the company received a report from its dealer in Connecticut that a throttle pedal arm had broken during its installation.

"Initial tests on the failed pedal arm have shown that the Tier Three supplier used counterfeit material," Aston Martin said in documents filed with the federal government.
"All counterfeit material and all pedal arms made of this suspect material have been quarantined."

Aston Martin's engineering specifications require pedal arms to be made of PA6 material supplied by DuPont. The Chinese supplier sent the counterfeit material in bags labeled as DuPont PA6.

"Aston Martin and DuPont representatives will be physically present in China to directly supervise the production of all pedal arms," Aston Martin said.

It added: "Aston Martin is also planning to re-source the manufacture of pedal arms from China to the United Kingdom as soon as possible in 2014."

Because of the problem, Aston Martin said it plans to begin the recall again. That means 1,083 vehicles that have already been fixed will need a new assembly, along with the ones that have yet to be repaired.

Aston Martin dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assemblies. The recall is expected to begin on February 7. Owners can contact Aston Martin at 1-888-923-9988.

Edmunds says: Any Aston Martin vehicle that has been fixed under the previous recall needs to be brought back into the dealership to have the new remedy applied.

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