Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S Covered in Latest Round of NHTSA Recall Campaigns

The NHTSA has announced a number of new recalls, one of which includes a couple of Aston Martin nameplates. According to the federal agency, certain DB9 and Rapide S vehicles from the 2014 model year suffer from a defect with the circuit board.
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440 examples of the DB9 and Rapide S built from June 2013 to July 2014 may develop an electrical glitch with the circuit board, that may translate to a transmission failure. The automaker is telling that vehicles suffering from this glitch may shift into neutral inadvertently, without input from the driver.

Consequently, the driver won't be able to maintain speed or shift back into 'drive', which increases the risk of a crash at highway speeds. Fortunately, neither Aston Martin Lagonda of North America or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are aware of any incidents related to this problem.

The second recall announced covers 82,509 axle seals. SKF USA informs that axle seals that are labeled part numbers 28554 and 28555 may have a way too large inner diameter to properly contain differential gear oil, allowing it to leak onto the rear braking system. The company says that these faulty seals are installed on 1999 to 2013 Chevrolet and GMC full-size vans, trucks and SUVs with a full floating rear end.

That leaking gear oil can contaminate the brake friction material, a condition that will ultimately reduce the vehicle's braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash. For vehicles that had seal 28554 installed, service centers will inspect each vehicle and replace any axle seal that is leaking. Vehicles that had axle seal 28555 installed will have their axle seals replaced. SKF announces that these services will be performed free of charge and that the recall is expected to begin in September 2014.

A third recall comes from Dorman Products, announcing that 6,832 intermediate steering shafts may be affected by a yoke that inadequately supports the u-joint of the shaft bearing, resulting in a premature failure. The company says that those faulty shafts were sold under the Dorman OE Solutions and Solutions brand names. Affected parts are labeled 425-167, 2425167 and 7-3074. Those defective parts were fitted to the 2004 - 2012 Chevy Malibu, 2005 - 2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007 - 2009 Saturn Aura.


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