Apparently big recalls are not just confined to big automanufacturers but luxury sportscar manufacturers.
Aston Martin is recalling a big chunk of their models that were built and sold since late 2007. The reason for the massive recall is due to the reported counterfeit plastic material used by a Chinese sub-supplier.
17,590 cars will be involved in the recall according to Aston Martin, a number that accounts for about 75% of their cars since 2007. The recall includes all of their left-hand drive (LHD) models since 2007 and right-hand drive (RHD) models since May 2012. The Aston Martin Vanquish is not part of the recall.
Aston Martin filed the documents with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stating that Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co. Ltd. (a Chinese subcontractor) manufactured the faulty accelerator pedal arms using counterfeit plastic material supplied by Synthetic Plastic Raw Material Co. Ltd. of Dongguan.
The plastic that the company used may break or snap, increasing the risk of the crash. There have been no no reports of accidents related to the issue according to Sarah Calam, spokesperson for Aston Martin.
Due to this, Aston Martin is closely monitoring the production of subsequent pedal arms in China, though the company also plans to shift production to the United Kingdom as soon as possible.