- Aston Martin Lagonda of North America is recalling 440 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S cars because the transmission may inadvertently shift to neutral.
- Aston Martin dealers will replace defective circuit boards in the affected cars.
- The recall has started.
WASHINGTON — Aston Martin Lagonda of North America is recalling 440 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S cars because the transmission may inadvertently shift to neutral, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Aston Martin told its dealers to quarantine the affected cars until they are fixed.
"Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the transmission shifts to neutral, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash."
The affected vehicles were built from June 2013 to July 2014.
If the DB9 or Rapide S exhibits this problem, NHTSA said owners "are advised to turn off the ignition and then restart the car, which may allow the car to be driven out of harm's way."
Aston Martin spokesman Matthew Clarke told Edmunds there are no injuries, accidents or fatalities linked to the recall.
"Aston Martin's commitment to safety and customer satisfaction is paramount, which is why the company is taking this precautionary action," he wrote in an e-mailed message.
"The transmission control switch exchange and associated work takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be carried out with no charge to the customer by their local Aston Martin dealer."
Aston Martin dealers will replace defective circuit boards in the affected cars. The recall has started. Owners can contact Aston Martin at (888) 923-9988.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these cars, make an appointment now with your dealer.