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)