The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that over 5,000 Aston Martin vehicles are being recalled in the United States.
Approximately 5,500 Aston Martin vehicles sold in the U.S. are being recalled over two issues. The first involves the transmission park pawl and the second regards the battery supply cables. The British automaker has not confirmed whether there are any deaths or injuries related to the recall.
The transmission problem affects 3,493 DB9, DBS, Rapide, Virage, and Vanquish cars (from 2009-2016), while the battery issue relates to 1,953 DB9 and DBS coupes (from 2005 and 2009). Although it may not sound like a high-volume recall, it is important to remember that the brand only sold approximately 3,600 cars in total last year.
The issue with the transmission park pawl is that it may not fully engage, causing the vehicle to roll and potentially crash. The battery supply cables are found to get damaged when the driver’s seat is in the full rearward position. If the cable is damaged and then grounded, it could increase the potential for a hazardous fire.
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According to Bloomberg Reports, the NHTSA said:
"“If the park pawl does not engage and the vehicle is stopped on a slope and exited without the parking brake being applied, the vehicle may unexpectedly roll, increasing the risk of a crash.”"
Both of these recalls are expected to start on February 1st of 2018. Aston Martin owners are scheduled to receive notices in the mail to inform and remind them of this recall.
Chances are that if you are driving an Aston Martin that was manufactured between 2005 and 2016, you should probably call your dealer to see if this recall affects it.
Check out the video below to see Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear test drive the Aston Martin DBS.
If you are unsure as to whether your car is affected by a recall, simply enter your car’s VIN number on the NHTSA recall site.