Recall Corner: China bites back on Aston Martin recall

Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin DBS

Arguably a motive behind the creation of the whole Made by Monkeys blog was to highlight problems with cheaply and poorly produced outsourced products, and our Only Connect series has more recently continued to highlight the dangers of mis-specification when it comes to outsourcing. However, with the recent Aston Martin recall – the luxury car maker is recalling 17,000 cars, which is most of the vehicles it has produced since late 2007 – China is fighting back. The British company said it had discovered a Chinese sub-supplier was using counterfeit material in its accelerator pedal arms, states Reuters. But not everyone was having this. The story was picked up by the London Evening Standard. Nick Goodway writes:
The official Xinhua news agency today joined other local media in criticising the maker of exotic sports cars, featured in James Bond spy films, saying it failed to recognise mismanagement of its own supply chain. “Aston Martin’s latest recall again passed the buck for poor quality of products, but this time ‘Made in China’ is just the scapegoat of the glorious carmaker,” Xinhua said in a report headlined, “Aston Martin plays ‘Made in China’ blame game”.

“Higher levels of technology and quality are the ultimate solution for the unjust stereotype of ‘Made in China’ as cheap and copycat,” the Chinese government media agency Xinhua apparently claimed. It seems the danger was that if the accelerator pedal was to break, the engine would return to idle which would increase the risk of a crash, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers, to replace the accelerator pedal assemblies. Vehicles affected?

  • DB9 and V8 Vantage (2008-2014),
  • DBS (2009-2012 ),
  • Rapide (2010-2012),
  • Rapide S (2014),
  • V12 Vantage (2011-2012),
  • V8 Vantage S (2011-2014) and
  • Virage (2012)

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1 Comment

  1. Jeremy Stevens
    February 26, 2014 14:11

    “It seems the danger was that if the accelerator pedal was to break, the engine would return to idle which would increase the risk of a crash, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

    Not sure that full throttle is a fail safe condition either. In an early “fly by wire” diesel engine management system used in a tank the failure condition was full throttle and there was at least one case of a tank going over the top of a transorter and crushing the cab becase of failure of the pedal transducer.

    I know which failure mode I’d prefer.

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