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Recall: Aston Martin lineup for broken gas pedals

New and late-model Aston Martins from across the U.S. model range are included.

By Exhaust Notes Feb 4, 2014 3:16PM
Aston Martin is recalling 5,001 cars in the U.S. for throttle pedal arms that can break, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2008-2014 DB9, 2009-2012 DBS, 2010-2012 Rapide, 2014 Rapide S, 2011-2012 V12 Vantage, 2008-2014 V8 Vantage, 2011-2014 V8 Vantage S and the 2012 Virage are all affected. Both coupe and Volante convertible models are included. According to Reuters, 17,590 cars are affected globally, including all left-hand drive models built since November 2007.

This is the third recall for the same problem, in which a broken throttle pedal can completely cut any acceleration and bring the engine to an idle. In May 2013 Aston Martin recalled 689 cars after a pedal fractured at a press event, and increased the total to 4,904 cars in October after two more pedals broke during the first recall. Aston Martin said that only 1,083 cars have been fixed under the second recall in October, which still did not fix the problem. A Connecticut dealer had a pedal break in December while attempting to install a new pedal under the second recall.

Aston Martin said a Chinese supplier was using counterfeit plastic molding material which led to the pedals cracking and breaking. It said it was sending company representatives, along with representatives from DuPont, the plastic supplier, to observe the production of all pedals. It also said it would move pedal production from China to the United Kingdom "as soon as possible."

Aston Martin dealers will replace the pedals again starting on Friday. Owners can call Aston Martin at 1-888-923-9988.

[Source: NHTSA]

Feb 4, 2014 10:27PM
Why is Aston Martin using cheap Chinese made crap in their cars? With their cheapest model starting with a price of $120,000, and the most expensive model well north of $300,000. I'd expect the finest hand-crafted leather from Britain and auto parts made meticulously by expensive, unionized labor in Germany. I guess Aston Martin is learning the hard way about cutting corners and trying to cheat your customers. 
Feb 5, 2014 6:45AM
Unbelievable. A $200,000K car with a rickshaw gas pedal. What would James Bond think?
Feb 13, 2014 8:27PM
Yes, because everyone knows British plastic is far superior than Chinese plastic.  It has to do with the Bond.   James Bond.
Feb 13, 2014 7:16AM
I almost bought a Vanguish a few years back and now I wish I had. What an awesome car.. It happens that cars have issues and parts failures, so let them fix it and then you can ride off into the sunset again... NO BIG DEAL...
Feb 5, 2014 10:30AM
I'd take an Austin with a broken pedal any day!
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