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From Products Liability Law Daily, February 5, 2014

Aston Martin announces new recall after discovering counterfeit material used in prior recall

By Joe Bichl

Aston Martin Lagonda of North America has announced that it is recalling some 5,001 vehicles because the accelerator pedal arm may break due to counterfeit material used by a supplier in China. The recall supersedes a previous recall of 689 vehicles issued on May 29, 2013.

In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sent on January 15 of this year, Aston Martin indicated that a supplier in China had been using counterfeit material when manufacturing the accelerator pedal arm. The material used was something other than the DuPont PA6 material specified by Aston Martin’s drawing specification. As a result, dealers in the United States performing the remedial work for the previous recall found that the pedal arm on the throttle pedal assembly broke during the installation process. If an accelerator pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed. Upon notification of this, Aston Martin suspended the shipping of the suspect pedals and launched an internal investigation, which led to the current, larger recall.

The current recall will include model years 2008-2014 DB9 and V8 Vantage; 2009-2012 DBS; 2010-2012 Rapide; 2014 Rapide S; 2011-2012 V12 Vantage; 2011-2014 V8 Vantage S; and 2012 Virage vehicles.

Remedy. Aston Martin will notify owners and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assemblies. The manufacturer anticipates beginning the recall campaign on or about February 7, 2014. Aston Martin's recall number is RA-03-0017.

For more information. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service by calling 1-888-923-9988. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov.

In other actions:

Honda Accord investigation. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has opened a preliminary evaluation of model year 2008 Honda Accord vehicles to investigate incidents of inadvertent side air bag deployment. The side curtain and torso air bags can inadvertently deploy when the vehicle door is shut. The investigation could affect as many as 363,000 vehicles. ODI received 28 complaints alleging inadvertent deployment of the side air bags on model year 2008 Honda Accord vehicles. The complaints indicate the driver-side or passenger-side side curtain air bag and the side torso/seat-mounted air bag deployed when the driver or passenger door was shut. Two of the complaints reported injuries allegedly caused by the deploying air bags.

Ford trucks investigation closed. NHTSA has closed an investigation of model year 2008 Ford F250 / F350 Super Duty Trucks because a safety-related defect was not identified. The agency had received complaints that an internal failure of the steering gear box caused a loss of steering capability. ODI’s analysis suggests that in several crashes involving steering gear failure, the failure was most likely a result of crash forces, rather than the cause of the crashes. The agency indicated it will monitor this issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.

Toyota most recalled in 2013. For the second straight year, Toyota had the most vehicles recalled: nearly 5.3 million in 2013. Almost 22 million vehicles were recalled last year in 632 recalls, NHTSA reports indicated. That figure compares with nearly 16.4 million vehicles recalled in 2012 and is the highest number since 2004, when recalled vehicles hit 30.8 million. Chrysler Group was second, with almost 4.7 million vehicles recalled. Honda was third with 2.8 million vehicles recalled.

Companies: Aston Martin Lagonda of North America; Ford Motor Company; Toyota Motor Corporation; Chrysler Group LLC; American Honda Motor Co.

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