Aston Martin Recalls Cars Due to Chinese Counterfeit Plastic

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From NetEase:

Aston Martin Recalls Over 17k Cars Due to Made in China Counterfeit Part

According to a BBC report, top British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is recalling 17,590 automobiles, the reason being to replace a counterfeit part that may cause accidents.

The luxury car maker headquartered in the UK’s Warwickshire said the sports cars in this recall are all those produced since 2007.

Aston Martin had previously discovered that a Chinese sub-supplier had been accused of using counterfeit plastic in a portion of the accelerator pedals it produced.

Aston Martin says although it has so far not received any reports of accidents, it still has worries that the accelerator pedal arm may break.

A spokesperson for the company says Aston Martin has now brought manufacture of the accelerator pedal arm back to the UK.


Among the 17,590 vehicles in this recall, 1553 are in the UK, and includes all left-hand drive Aston Martins produced after 2007 November, as well as all right-hand drive models produced after 2012 May.

The number of cars in this recall amount to 75% of all the sports cars manufactured by Aston Martin since 2007 November.

The only models not recalled are the new Vanquish sports car and Volante model.

Aston Martin’s spokesperson says their customers’ safety is very important, that replacing the accelerator pedal only requires less than an hour of time, so it is asking customers to come to Aston Martin car dealerships for the replacement.

This spokesperson also emphasized that at present, they have not received any reports that an accelerator malfunction has caused an accident.


Comments from NetEase:

lianghong145 [网易广西贵港市网友]:

So foolish, destroying one’s own livelihood.

打击网上垃圾净化评论环境 [网易广东省东莞市网友]: (responding to above)

Unscrupulous businessmen don’t care about the consequences and only care about reaping profit as quickly as they can. One person profits and the people of the entire nation have to pay the bill. The government’s efforts to crack down on counterfeiting and shoddy manufacturing is not strong enough.

freedom2023 [网易山东省潍坊市网友]:

When foreign high-end products are like this, wouldn’t domestic products for consumers have even less of a bottom line [minimum limit for safety/quality]?

网易浙江省杭州市网友 ip:122.234.*.*:

made in china

屠龙术 [网易吉林省网友]:

Made in China, the ultimate weapon.

yuwen7826257 [网易吉林省吉林市网友]:

Anything that involves Chinese people will have fake things. In China, when there is nothing real, there will be counterfeits.

我投降了 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

How can a country where every single person is thinking of how to exploit loopholes [seize opportunities for advantage/profit] produce good things?

派大腥 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

High-end products dare to use Chinese original parts?

jpub008 [网易北京市网友]:

Using counterfeit plastic is already good enough. If it were here, you would’ve been given paper mache long ago.

gddgzy [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

Cherish your life, stay far away from mainland Chinese products.


Pushing the blame on suppliers in order to protect their own brand reputation, even going out of their way to emphasize Chinese company, exploiting consumers’ bias, talk about unconscientious! Are you telling us you didn’t supervise, inspect, and test your parts supply channels and purchasing?? When purchasing, it’s all about cost, but when something happens, you blame others.

网易福建省漳州市手机网友 ip:218.86.*.*: (responding to above)

At least there are still people who see clearly.

网易河北省石家庄市网友 ip:106.114.*.*:

Proving [that China is] the country of shanzhai.

安东尼布鲁克斯 [网易福建省网友]:

Use Chinese counterfeit components, then ship abroad to stick on a brand logo, then ship it to China, and you can sell it for millions. This money is so easy to make.

网易四川省成都市网友 [马里玛丽红]:

When there’s a problem, one shouldn’t simply push it onto the supplier.
It’s the laziness, negligence, and dereliction of duty of the company’s own quality control. A company with professional integrity would not shift the blame like this.

网易广东省佛山市网友 ip:58.252.*.*: (responding to above)

They didn’t shift the blame, the entire recall reflects responsibility.

ziranzhang [网易河南省开封市网友]:

“at present, they have not received any reports that an accelerator malfunction has caused an accident.”
Shows that the quality of shanzhai components pass the test [meet quality standards], congratulations!

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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