Over 17 thousand Aston Martins recalled to replace throttle pedal (RA-03-0017)

Aston Martin has issued a recall for all LHD models built since November 2007, plus all RHD models built since May 2012, a total of 17,590 cars. Affected cars will have to return to the dealer to have the throttle pedal replaced and the “foot well scuff plate adjusted”.

broken throttle pedal

The throttle pedal needs to be replaced because Aston Martin has found out that the Chinese supplier of this part, Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co Limited, “was using counterfeit plastic material” for the pedal. Which could result in the pedal arm breaking (see above photo), creating the risk of a crash.

Counterfeit plastic? What’s that? Well, it probably means that the Chinese manufacturer of the pedals has changed to a plastic type other than (and inferior to) the specification that was agreed upon initially.

Interestingly, this is the third recall for the same problem:

RA-03-0016

The first recall for the throttle pedal was on May 29, 2013. This recall include all DB9, Virage, V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage, and Rapide vehicles manufactured from May 14, 2012, through April 10, 2013.

This recall included my Cobalt Blue V12 Vantage Roadster, as it was produced in November 2013. So I brought it to the dealership and had the pedal replaced.

RA-03-0016V2

Five months later, on October 24, 2013, the RA-03-0016 was extended into RA-03-0016V2, to include more cars, specifying a list of VIN numbers.

This time, the VIN numbers of both my Fire Red V12 Vantage and the blue Roadster were included, so off to the garage I went, to have the pedals on both cars replaced.

RA-03-0017

Fast forward three months, to January 21, 2014 and there it is, the third recall for the throttle pedal problem. Now including 17,590 Aston Martins, 75% of all cars built since November 2007.

And yes, again including Blue and Red ๐Ÿ™

Red and Blue

Three recalls for the same problem?

So what happened here? Why three recalls for the same issue, in some cases (like for my blue one) replacing the same pedal three times?

I can, somewhat, understand the 2nd recall. Maybe after the first recall, Aston Martin found out the problem was bigger than they estimated initially and extended the list of cars that needed to have the pedal replaced. But why would some cars need to have it replaced again? Does that mean the first replacement part wasn’t up-to-par either?

And now the 3rd recall, again extending the range of cars and again replacing the pedal for cars that already had it replaced twice. So can we now trust this pedal to be of the correct plastic material? Did Aston Martin now switch manufacturers for this part?

4 Comments:

  1. Two DB9’s…2012 and 2013 as well as a V12 Red Lion Carbon Black Edition Vantage (27 of 40). This has been a huge inconvenience since the recalls were soon after scheduled service and I have my cars shipped due to distance to dealer. I wonder too how they could screw this up three times.

    I bought my V12 directly from AM after Pebble Beach. I was told there were only three done in Red Lion. I see that you list two roadsters in Europe. Do you know of any coupes in Red Lion other than the one I have.

  2. April 18, 2014…another recall notice arrives. NHTSA 14V-010 for 2012 DB9 SE that I traded in on a new gen DB9. Called my dealer who said it was not a new recall, but just another letter regarding the third recall. I contacted the dealer that took my car in on trade and let them know, but they probably already took care of it back in February when they got the car. I will say that AM has been great…three of my car affected and they have paid for enclosed transport from my home and back. Sounds like they have the problem fixed…

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