Tuesday, 25 February 2014 17:00

Aston Martin Recalls Most Cars Built Since Late 2007

Aston Martin is recalling most of its sports cars built since late 2007 after discovering a Chinese sub-supplier was using counterfeit plastic material in a part supplied to the luxury sports car maker. The recall totals 17,590 cars, including all of its left-hand-drive models built since November 2007, and all right-hand-drive models made since May 2012, affecting about 75 percent of all vehicles produced in that period, a spokeswoman said. Aston Martin, owned by Kuwaiti and private equity investors, found that Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co., Ltd., a Chinese subcontractor that molds the affected accelerator pedal arms, was using counterfeit plastic material supplied by Synthetic Plastic Raw Material Co., Ltd. of Dongguan, China, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The cars are being recalled from model years 2008 through 2014 because the accelerator pedal arm may break, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documents. This recall replaces the recall announced in May 2013, and expanded in October 2013.