The British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, has recalled most of its sports cars built since late 2007 after discovering a Chinese sub-supplier using counterfeit plastic material in a part supplied to them. The recall will be of, 17,590 cars, including all of its left-hand drive models built since November 2007 and all right-hand drive models built since May 2012.
The problem came to notice when, Aston Martin found that Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co. Limited, a Chinese subcontractor that moulds the affected accelerator pedal arms, was using counterfeit plastic material to manufacture that.
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. The engine would return to idle and the driver would be unable to maintain or increase speed, according to the documents.
Aston Martin sells its cars in total 41 countries and of the Aston Martin cars affected in the recall, 7,271 are in Europe and 5,001 in the United States.
The models covered under the recall are the 2008-14 DB9 and V8 Vantage, the 2009-12 DBS, the 2010-12 Rapide, the 2014 Rapide S, the 2011-12 V12 Vantage, the 2011-14 V8 Vantage S and the 2012 Virage.