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 carmaker.
Aston Martin is recalling 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.
The Vanquish is not affected.
Aston Martin, which is 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, 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.
The engine would return to idle and the driver would be unable to maintain or increase speed, according to the documents.