Aston Martin V12
Aston Martin is announcing the recall of 169 V12 Vantage Coupes, built for model years 2010 to 2012. At issue is the programming of the cars’ Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which won’t trigger a dashboard warning light until tire pressure drops to 69-percent of the specified cold inflation pressure.
The system should trigger a warning light when the cold inflation pressure decreases by 25-percent, not 31-percent. In the case of the V12 Vantage, a 31-percent drop would produce tire pressures of 25 PSI, which is 2 PSI below the minimal acceptable level for the car’s front tires.
Quality and safety took a hit this week as a number of vehicles are headed back to the dealer for some much needed repairs. It started with 432 units of the 2013 SL-Class recalled due to an air-conditioner refrigerant line before the Toyota whammy of 7.4 million units recalled because of a potential malfunction with the power window systems.
Today, the recall affects a total of 169 Aston Martin V12 Vantage coupe models produced between 2010 and 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those models have failed to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems." "On these vehicles, the low tire pressure warning light will not illuminate until the tire pressure in the front tires is more than 25% below the recommended cold tire pressure." Under certain situations, this problem could lead to tire failure and a possible crash.
From the 169 units, only 148 were delivered to customers, while the other 21 units are being put on hold until the problem is solved. The owners who have received their models are being asked to take their vehicles to the nearest dealer where their car will have the software for the tire pressure monitoring system reprogrammed free of charge.
Aston Martin will notify customers of the recall, and dealers will reprogram affected customer cars at no charge. While the manufacturer has not issued a timeline for the recall, we expect it will be completed quickly since few cars are affected and since no replacement parts are required.
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