Aston Martin is recalling its 2014 model year DB9 and Rapide S models.
A total of 440 DB9 and Rapide S cars in North America are being called back because their transmissions may inadvertently shift to the neutral position. Aston Martin asked its dealerships to isolate the affected vehicles until the issue is fixed. According to the recall notice, the affected vehicles were built from June 2013 to July 2014.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advised owners to immediately turn off the ignition on their vehicles if their DB9 or Rapide S exhibits the problem. Restarting the car will allow the driver to get out of harm’s way.
“Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver,” said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. “If the transmission shifts to neutral, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Dealerships will replace the faulty circuit board that is causing the transmissions to inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. The transmission control switch exchange and associated works will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be done for no charge to the customer.
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