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British automaker issues recall

Aston Martin is known as one of the world’s finest sports car manufacturers. Part of its legendary lore comes as the vehicle of choice of MI-6 spy James Bond. Nevertheless, Aston Martins, like other vehicles sold in the United States, are not immune from recalls. According to a recent Associated Press report, the famed automaker will be recalling more than 17,000 cars because of a possible problem with the accelerator molding in many of its vehicles.

The British automaker says that global recall will apply to all of the company’s left-hand drive models manufactured between 2007 and 2013. Aston Martin reports that no accidents or injuries have been linked to the defect, which could cause the engine to idle unexpectedly. 

Earlier this week, it was reported that more vehicles were recalled by auto manufacturers in 2013 than in past years. In fact, last year saw the most cars recalled in nine-years. Although these numbers were up, recalls play an important role in a manufacturer’s duty to provide (and maintain) safe vehicles for the buying public. Essentially, they have an ongoing obligation to take reasonable steps to correct known defects before they lead to accidents that can injure a driver. If they fail to issue a recall, and people become injured in accidents involving the defective part, the automaker could be held liable.

While 17,000 cars appears to be a large recall, consider that more than 5 million Toyotas were recalled last year, and 4.7 million Chryslers were brought back to correct problems, according to the Associated Press. 

Source: CharlotteObserver.com “Aston Martin recalls more than 17,000 luxury cars,” AP News, Feb. 5, 2014

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