Sports cars recalled over parts scare

Aston Martin is recalling 75 per cent of the sports cars it has built since late 2007 after discovering one of its sub-suppliers was using counterfeit plastic.

The recall affects 17,590 cars –all of its left-hand drive models built since November 2007 and all right-hand-drive models constructed since May 2012.

The Warwickshire-based luxury car builder, which is owned by Kuwaiti and private equity investors, said its Vanquish models are not affected.

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A spokeswoman said there had been no reports of accidents or injuries relating to the issue.

Owners of cars should contact their local dealer to have the problem rectified. Work to replace the affected accelerator pedal arms should take around an hour and will be free of charge.

Aston Martin found that Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co Ltd, a Chinese subcontractor that moulds the accelerator pedal arms, was using counterfeit plastic material supplied by Synthetic Plastic Raw Material Co Ltd of Dongguan, according to documents filed with US safety officials.

The cars are being recalled because the accelerator pedal arm may break, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documents. This recall replaces one announced last May and expanded in October.

Production of the accelerator pedal arm will be moved to the UK as soon as possible, the car maker said.