Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. is recalling some DB9, DBS and V8 Vantage models to fix a steering flaw that can lead to crashes. The automaker, based in Gaydon, England, will replace the bolts holding the lower control arm in the front suspension to prevent the possibility of cracking, according to NHTSA. The recall covers 1,090 U.S. cars in the 2007 and 2008 model years, and 4,110 worldwide. In a letter notifying NHTSA of the defect in September, Aston Martin said the bolts hadn’t been made to specification. Broken bolts may influence steering control, the company said.
Aston Martin, whose models have been featured in James Bond films, was owned by Ford Motor Co. for two decades before being sold for 479 million pounds ($760 million) in May 2007. The luxury carmaker is now half-owned by Investment Dar Co., a Kuwaiti financial services company. The model sticker prices range from $145,000 for the V8 Vantage to $275,000 for the DBS, which is considered the brand’s flagship car.
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