Published on : Dec 26, 2017
U.K.-based Aston Martin, which has mainly basked in the spotlight for being the maker of famous celluloid spy James Bond’s favorite car, is now in news for all the wrong reasons. As per documents published on the website of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), it is being compelled to recall around 5500 vehicles in the U.S. owing to a few issues with battery cables and powertrains.
The news comes as the carmaker contemplates over an IPO or outright sale of the company.
Which models will be recalled?
The car models Aston Martin is pulling out of the market are DBS, 3,493 DB9, Virage, Rapide, and Vanquish. Those models were built from 2009 to 2016 and have problems that can thwart the transmission park pawl from engaging, which in turn could cause the vehicle to roll and up the chances of an accident.
104-year-old Aston Martin is also withdrawing DBS and 1,953 DB9 vehicles produced from 2005 to 2009 since their battery supply cables are likely to be harmed if the driver’s seat is in full rearward location, which could lead to a fire.
All these information was posted on the NHTSA website and the carmaker’s spokesperson so far has abstained from commenting on the issue. The recall is most likely to commence from the beginning of February next year.
However, the number of cars to be recalled by Aston Martin may not appear large, if one factors in the pulling out of 1.2 million cars by Japanese car company Nissan in Japan. The number is way higher than the 3,600 vehicles sold by Aston Martin last year.