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Aston Martin Recalls 7000 Models Over Seat Heater Defect

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/23/2014 Karla Sanchez

Some of the most exclusive and expensive cars on the road have been recalled, including several Aston Martin models for seat heaters that won't turn off, and the Porsche 918 Spyder for potentially defective parts on its chassis.

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2006-2014 Aston Martin DB9, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage, DBS, and Virage

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The Problem : The electronic module for the front seat heaters may fail in certain vehicles, preventing them from being turned off. This could cause certain areas of the seat to get really hot, overheat, and smolder, increasing the risk of injury to the person sitting in the seat.

The Fix : Owners of affected vehicles will be notified and will get their car repaired for free. Dealers will install an additional module to the circuit that can interrupt power to the seat heaters in case the defective electronic module fails.

Number of Potentially Affected Vehicles : Approximately 7256 Aston Martins including the DB9, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage, DBS, and Virage from the 2006-2014 model years. The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 3, 2006 to November 5, 2014.

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

The Problem : An in-house quality inspection revealed that certain 918 Spyders were manufactured during a period when defective parts were used from a delivery batch. Porsche cannot guarantee those parts, so to be on the safe side, the automaker has recalled certain 918s.

The Fix : Owners of affected vehicles have already been notified of the necessary repair, which will consist of Porsche dealers replacing certain chassis parts. The service is expected to take two days to complete, and owners will not have to pay anything for the repairs.

Number of Potentially Affected Vehicles : Approximately 205 Porsche 918 Spyders worldwide are affected by this recall.

Source: NHTSA, Porsche

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