Aston Martin Recalls 6076 Vehicles over a Potential Safety Issue

Aston Martin DB9

A huge setback for Aston Martin as a wide range of models in USA manufactured from 2010 to 2016 are being recalled to rectify the door-locking mechanism. To be more precise, the affected vehicles having the door lock mechanism might pose difficulty to the occupant in unlocking from inside if the vehicle was locked from outside. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) of USA states that this mechanism is unsafe as the occupants might get trapped inside the car which increases the risk of injury.

As such these vehicles do not comply with the FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) number 206 that is ‘Door Locks and Door Retention Components’. It is important to mention here that Aston Martin cars get a double locking feature specially designed to protect it from theft, this feature complies to the European norms but not in the US. Although not a single incident has been reported so far, Aston Martin will be reprogramming the door lock mechanism in affected cars. The vehicles being recalled are the 2010-12 DBS, 2010-16 Rapide, 2010-13 DB9, 2010-16 V8 Vantage, 2011-16 V12 Vantage, 2012-13 V12 Zagato, 2012 Virage and 2014-16 Vanquish.

The total figure of recalled cars stands at 6076; the carmaker will disable the double locking system through a software update. Aston Martin filed a petition seeking an exemption at the starting of 2017 which was however rejected by NHTSA this June. The owners voluntarily need to bring the car to dealership for rectification of the same as there is no legal obligation. The unresolved issue might affect the resale value of the car, but who cares if it’s an Aston Martin!