of cars made since late 2007
UPDATED: Feb. 6 12:05 CET Adds details, background
DETROIT (Reuters) 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 carmakerAston 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 saidThe Vanquish is not affectedAston Martin, which is owned by Kuwaiti and private equity investors, fo Air Max und 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. National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationThe cars are being recalled from model years 2008 through 2014 because the accelerator pedal arm may br Air Air Max Max eak, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documentsThe engine would return to idle and the driver would be unable to maintain or increase speed, according to the documents22 failed parts
Aston Martin spokeswoman Sarah Calam said there had been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue and 22 failed parts had been reported. She said the financial impac Air Max t to the automaker was small, but did not quantify the totalThe cost of the recall is of great interest because Aston Martin has struggled to fund the development of a range of new vehicles while rivals like Bentley, owned by Volkswagen, and Rolls Royce, owned by BMW, have the ability to draw on the resources of their parent firmsAston Martin’s owners include Italian private equity fund Investindustrial, Kuwait based Adeem Investment and Prime Wagon. Germany’s Daimler also has stake of less than 5 percent in the British automakerOf the Aston Martin cars affected in the recall, 7,271 are in Europe and 5,001 in the United States, Calam said. The company sells cars in 41 countriesThe latest recall replaces one announced last May and expanded in OctoberBecause of the issue, Aston Martin is now being supplied directly by a DuPont distributorBoth Aston Martin and chemical company DuPont Co. dealer in Connecticut, however, Aston Martin froze the recall and found the counterfeit plastic material was being used in place of the DuPont material, she saidThe recall includes all the cars previously repaired, Calam said. prosecutors indicted a California businessman in 2011 with stealing DuPont trade secrets in order to sell them to a Chinese company. That trial is ongoing.