Sports Car manufacturer Aston Martin has announced a recall of 16,000 vehicles built in its secret Warwickshire Factory owing to what the marque called a ‘potential safety issue’ with the passenger ejector seat fitted to vehicles since September 2007.
“A inquiry has identified the use of substandard materials within the primary jettison system,” Said Jeff Boothroyd, chief interior engineer at a press conference today. “As such, the rapid passenger removal system, or RPRS, exhibits a small risk of spontaneous activation – though at this time no such incidents have been reported and this is purely a precautionary measure.”
Dr. Boothroyd also announced that while this part was under investigation, others made by the same supplier such as the smoke generator and behind-headlight machine guns were unaffected in the recall and could continue to be used as normal.
Aston Martin reiterated its commitment to customer safety citing its decision to fit all Vanquish models with bullet-proof glass as leading to a 70% reduction in firearms related injuries during high speed chases over the last twelve months. The company also announced the optional fitting of a rocket motor to the rear of new versions of the popular DB9 to assist in acceleration.
When questioned about the seriousness of their research and development, Dr. Boothroyd was curt in his response: “I never joke about my work,” he replied.