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Aston Martin to recall 75% of cars made since 2007

Dodgy plastic pedal raises safety concerns

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 6, 2014 at 11:07 AM


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    Aston Martin to recall 75% of cars made since 2007
    Aston Martin is to issue a recall for most of its sports cars built since late 2007.
    The call backs are as a result of the discovery of a Chinese supplier providing counterfeit plastic material in accelerator pedal arms and will see 17,590 cars, including all right-hand drive models, built since May 2012 returned for reparations.

    In all, the fake plastic part will mean around 75 percent of all vehicles built in the period being sent back for ‘repair’.

    The pedal arms were apparently made using counterfeit DuPont plastic material, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
    Vanquish owners are free to keep putting medal to the metal
    Safety concerns are the real driver for the recall because the accelerator pedal arm may break, thus increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documents. The engine would return to idle and the driver would be unable to maintain or increase speed, according to the documents.

    Aston Martin have been keen to point out that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries relating to the pedal and only 22 failed parts had been reported, although it’s sure to do the high-end car makers’ reputation no favours.

    Of the cars affected in the recall, 7,271 reside in Europe and 5,001 in the United States, according to the company but those of you with recent Vanquish models needn’t worry as that model is reportedly unaffected by the dodgy part.

    So, is anyone affected by this? Don’t expect a great deal of sympathy!

    Source: Reuters

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