Aston Martin is recalling 17,590 sports cars that were produced since late 2007 after finding out that a Chinese sub-supplier -- Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co. -- was using counterfeit plastic material in a part supplied to the carmaker. Aston Martin is recalling all left-hand-drive models built since November 2007 and all right-hand-drive models built since May 2012 – covering around 75 percent of all cars built in during the period.
The recall, however, does not include the Vanquish. Aston Martin found that Shenzhen Kexiang was using counterfeit plastic material supplied by Synthetic Plastic Raw Material Co. Ltd., according to documents filed with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall was issued since the accelerator pedal arm may break, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documents. This would result to the engine returning to idle and the driver being unable to maintain or increase speed.
According to Aston Martin spokeswoman Sarah Calam, there had been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue. She added that 22 failed parts had been reported. Calam disclosed that there will be some financial impact of the recall to Aston Martin, although she did not quantify the amount.
The cost of the recall is considered as of importance as Aston Martin has been struggling to finance the development of new vehicles while its rivals like Bentley and Rolls Royce could just get their funding from their rich parents – Volkswagen and BMW, respectively. Aston Martin's owners include Investindustrial, Adeem Investment and Prime Wagon. Daimler AG also holds a stake of less than 5 percent in Aston Martin.