6 February 2013 | Will Green
Carmaker Aston Martin is recalling 17,590 cars due to a substandard component provided by a Chinese supplier.
The luxury marque is contacting customers because cars “may exhibit a defect in the throttle pedal” after it was discovered a “counterfeit material” had been used in the moulding of the accelerator pedal arm.
The cars affected include left hand drive cars built between 11 November 2007 and 31 December 2013, and right hand drive cars made between May 2012 and 31 December 2013. The new Vanquish Coupe, new Vanquish Volante and Cygnet are not part of the recall.
An Aston Martin spokesman said: “Although there has been no report of any accidents or injuries involving the throttle pedal, Aston Martin’s commitment to customer safety is paramount, which is why the company is taking this action.
“The recall work takes up to an hour to complete and will be carried out with no charge to the customer.”
The firm said it intends to have the part manufactured in the UK in the future.