Recall Alert: 2008-14 Aston Martin Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,001 versions of Aston Martin vehicles, including the 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.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a manufacturing error could cause the accelerator pedal arm to fail. "If the accelerator pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in a statement. This is an expansion of an earlier recall.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the affected accelerator pedal assemblies for free.

What Owners Should Do: Aston Martin will notify owners starting Feb. 7. Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012-14 Aston Martin DB9, Virage, V8 and V12 Vantage, Rapide


Aston Martin is recalling 689 sports cars due to a manufacturing error that could cause the throttle pedal arm to break, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Affected vehicles include model-year 2012-14 DB9, Virage, V8 and V12 Vantage, and Rapide.

The recalled vehicles were manufactured between May 14, 2012, and April 10, 2013. If the throttle pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash.

Aston Martin will notify owners according to a still-unspecified schedule, and dealers will replace the throttle pedal assemblies for free. Owners may call the automaker at 888-923-9988 or the NHTSA vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to, for more info.

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2013 Aston Martin DB9: First Look

2013 Aston Martin DB9
  • Competes with: Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Continental Supersports 
  • Looks like: The DB9 could use a more thorough styling update 
  • Drivetrain: 510-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 and six-speed automatic transmission 
  • Hits dealerships: November 2012 

For the 2013 model year, the Aston Martin DB9 gets a few exterior tweaks and more luxury appointments. Although the exterior updates don't radically change the look of the now-7-year-old DB9, the big news is that the model gets a more powerful V-12 power plant.

Borrowed from the new Aston Martin Vanquish, the new V-12 engine makes 510 horsepower and 457 pounds-feet of torque. While that's a bit less power than what's available in the Vanquish, it's a 40-hp increase over the DB9's old V-12. The new engine benefits from a revised engine block, dual variable-valve timing, a revised intake manifold and combustion chambers, and enlarged throttle bodies. The new V-12 can propel the Aston from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 183 mph, which is similar to the old engine's stats. The new V-12 is likely more fuel efficient, however. No word yet on gas mileage.

By Colin Bird | September 19, 2012 | Comments (6)

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Recently revived, the Aston Martin Virage is what the British carmaker calls a “2+2” convertible and coupe that slots between the DB9 and DBS. Relatively speaking, you get a lot for the Virage’s $200,000 price tag, says senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder. But calling it a 2+2 is a bit of a misnomer as Wiesenfelder demonstrates in the video.

By Colin Bird | September 28, 2011 | Comments (1)

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