James Bond is going to be pissed. British (-ish) car manufacturer Aston Martin has been forced to recall thousands of vehicles after discovering that a Chinese supplier used counterfeit materials that can cause the accelerator pedal assembly (a slightly important part of the vehicle) to, ahem, break.
For the many Aston Martin drivers who read Shanghaiist, this surely comes as dire news. According to their official release, the company realized something was amiss when an American dealership experienced some faulty parts in pedal assembly and investigated further, only to find that they had been made from unauthorized and untested materials.
It turns out that a Chinese manufacturer in the Aston Martin supply chain decided to cheap-out on the expensive raw materials that go into the components, and the resulting product couldn’t handle the heats and pressures of sustained driving. The official release goes on to say that no one has been harmed by the faulty parts, and that all potentially-affected vehicles have been identified.
Surely a great relief to our many readers who were about to hop in their DB9’s. No word yet on any punishment for the Chinese supplier, but it’s probably a safe bet that they won’t be working in the “wildly luxurious British automobile” market again any time soon.
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