Aston Martin issues rare recall

Lloyd Doyle
January 19, 2018

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has posted documents related to safety recalls of almost 5,500 Aston Martin cars built in model years 2005 to 2016.

The British automaker is recalling 3,493 DB9, DBS, Rapide, Virage and Vanquish models produced between 2009 and 2016 due to problems that can cause the transmission park pawl to not engage, which could cause the vehicle to roll, subsequently increasing the risk of a crash. The UK spy agent is often seen in films speeding in an Aston Martin, including the most recent film Spectre. Like all recalls, Aston Martin will make all necessary repairs free of charge for owners, but it goes to show that no matter how much one pays for a vehicle, in this case in the six-figures, mechanical mistakes can and will continue to happen.

A second, separate recall covers nearly 2,000 DB9 and DBS coupes and convertibles built between 2005 and 2009 over battery cables that run behind the passenger compartment and could be severed when the power driver's seat is pushed all the way back.

While other carmakers have announced far larger recalls, the Aston Martin's biggest market, comprising 20 percent of its sales. Another important market for Aston Martin is China, and just to be safe, 1,500 vehicles were also recalled there over similar risks. Led by its new $150,000 Vantage model, the company said last month it sold 3,330 cars in the first nine months of 2017, a rise of 65 percent, at an average price of £150,000 ($200,445).

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