Aston Martin recalls 17 590 cars due to counterfeit material Reuters

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Aston Martin recalls cars due to counterfeit material

(Reuters) — Aston expanded a recall on Wednesday to most of its sports cars since late 2007 discovering a Chinese sub-supplier was counterfeit plastic material in a supplied to the British luxury carmaker.

Owned by Kuwaiti and equity investors, Aston said it would now recall cars, including all of its left-hand models built since 2007 and all right-hand drive built since May 2012.

affects about 75 percent of all built in that period, a said. Its Vanquish model is not

Aston Martin found Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Co Limited, a Chinese subcontractor moulds the affected accelerator arms, was using counterfeit plastic material, according to filed with the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety

The material was supplied by Synthetic Raw Material Co Ltd of Dongguan, according to the

The cars are being recalled model years 2008 2014 because the accelerator arm may break, increasing the risk of a according to the NHTSA documents. The would return to idle and the would be unable to maintain or speed, according to the documents.

Martin spokeswoman Sarah said there had been no of accidents or injuries related to the and 22 failed parts had been She said the financial impact to the was small, but did not quantify the total.

The cost of the recall is of great because Aston Martin has to fund the development of a range of new while rivals like owned by Volkswagen ( VOWG_p.DE ), and Royce, owned by BMW ( BMWG.DE ), the ability to draw on the resources of parent firms.

Aston owners include Italian equity fund Investindustrial, Adeem Investment and Prime

Germany’s Daimler AG ( DAIGn.DE ) has stake of less than 5 in the British automaker.

Of the Aston Martin cars in the recall, 7,271 are in Europe and in the United States, Calam The company sells cars in 41

The latest recall replaces one last May and expanded in October.

of the issue, Aston Martin is now supplied directly by a DuPont

Both Aston Martin and company Dupont ( DD.N ) people to China to directly the production of all pedal arms, verifying each bag of DuPont material, Calam said.

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The automaker plans to production of the pedal arms China to the United Kingdom as as possible in 2014, she said.

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Last May, Aston initially recalled 2,832 globally to replace the accelerator arm after finding the affected included material that did not specifications, Calam said.

another arm broke that was not of that group, the company the recall to 16,825 cars and the use of material made by DuPont.

one of the replacement parts broke in during installation by a U.S. in Connecticut, however, Aston froze the recall and found the plastic material was being in place of the DuPont material, she


The recall includes all the cars repaired, Calam said. the recall, Aston Martin replace the accelerator pedal

The manufacturer of the throttle pedal that included the counterfeit is Precision Varionic International according to the NHTSA documents.

The quality director, John did not immediately return calls and seeking comment.

It is not the first DuPont has dealt with in relation to China.

U.S. indicted a California businessman in with stealing DuPont secrets in order to sell to a Chinese company. That is ongoing.

(Additional reporting by Frost in Paris; Editing by Zieminski and Sophie Hares)

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