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2014-02-06 09:01

RECALL HEADACHE: Aston Martin recalled 17 590 of its luxury sports vehicles because of a defective accelerator pedal. Image: Aston Martin

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Aston Martin’s most extreme sports car, the new V12 Vantage S, has been confirmed as the brand’s fastest accelerating production car to date.

LONDON, England - Aston Martin has recalled 17 590 of its sports cars because a Chinese company used counterfeit (incorrectly specified) plastic for accelerator pedals.

The automaker reassured customers they had no reports of accidents due to the defect, found in left-hand drive cars built between November 2007 and December 2013 and right-hand drive vehicles made between May 2012 and December 2013.

Aston Martin spokesperson said on February 6 2014: "Although there has been no report of any accident or injury involving the accelerator pedal Aston Martin's commitment to customer safety is paramount, which is why the company is taking action.

"The free recall work takes perhaps an hour."

TAKING SHORT CUTS

The documents filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the company found sub-contractor Shenzhen Kexiang, which moulds accelerator pedal arms, was using counterfeit material.

Aston Martin, the favoured brand of fictional spy James Bond, said a driver would have been unable to maintain or increase engine speed if the pedal arm broke, increasing the risk of a crash.

Later Vanquish models were not affected.


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