The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recalls for two separate safety issues.
Approximately 3,493 vehicles were recalled for the transmission issue. The recall involves the Aston Martin DBS, DB9, Rapide, Vanquish and Virage vehicles with model-years between 2009 and 2016.
The transmission problem is that that park pawl may not engage. This could cause the vehicle to roll away if it is parked on a slope and the driver gets out of the car without engaging the parking brake.
The recalled vehicles have a 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission. The NTHSA explained that the source of the problem is a communication error between the engine control module and the transmission control module. The repair is a software patch.
Approximately 1,953 vehicles were recalled for the electrical issue. The recall involves the Aston Martin DBS and DB9 vehicles that were manufactured between 2005 and 2009.
The electrical problem is that the battery supply cables can potentially be damaged if the driver’s seat is all the way back. The NHTSA warned that a damaged cable might cause a short-circuit or a fire.
According to the NHTSA:
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.”
The recalls are scheduled to begin in February 2018. For more information, owners can call Aston Martin at 1-888-923-9988. When calling customer service, owners should use the code RA-07-0028 for the transmission issue and the code RA-18-0026 for the battery issue.