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Aston Martin is recalling approximately 5,500 vehicles sold in the U.S. over two issues, one involving the transmission and another associated with the battery cables, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this week.
The transmission issue affects some 3,493 DBS, DB9, Rapide, Vanquish and Virage models produced between 2009 and 2016. In these cars, there is a risk of the park pawl not engaging, which may cause the car to roll away if it is parked on a slope and exited without the parking brake engaged. These models are equipped with the six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission, and according to NHTSA, the problem is caused by a communication error between the engine control module and the transmission control module. Luckily, all that it will take to correct the problem is a software patch.
The second issue concerns some 1,953 DBS and DB9 vehicles made between 2005 and 2009. In these cars, the battery supply cables can be damaged when the driver’s seat is positioned all the way back. NHTSA says that if the cable is damaged and then grounded, it can cause a short circuit that may result in a fire.
“Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the battery supply cable for damage, and install a routing block to keep the battery supply cable from being compressed by the seat, free of charge,” NHTSA said in a statement.
Both recalls are scheduled to begin on Feb. 1, 2018. Owners can contact Aston Martin customer service directly at 1-888-923-9988; use the code RA-07-0028 for the transmission issue and the code RA-18-0026 for the battery issue.
– Jay Ramey is an Associate Editor with Autoweek, and has been with the magazine since 2013. Jay also likes to kayak and bike.
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