Your Vantage, DB11, or DBS could need an important service.
Automakers try their best, we're sure, to make their vehicles as safe and reliable as possible. But they can't always get it right, and when they don't, they issue recalls. And that goes even for automakers as high-end as Aston Martin.
The purveyor of some of the most elegant, powerful, and luxurious grand tourers on the market has announced the recall of a handful of 2018 and 2019 models, including the Vantage, DBS Superleggera, and DB11 coupe and Volante. With only 17 vehicles affected in the United States, it's hardly the largest recall we've seen lately – but it is one of the most exotic.
The problem with those 17 sports cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is with the passenger air bags, which may not have been fastened properly. So in the unfortunate event of a crash, the vital safety system might not do its job and keep occupants as safe as they could (and should) be. Fortunately all that's required to fix them is to inspect and tighten the fasteners, which we can't imagine would take service technicians very long, as far as the labor involved in some more complex recalls go.
Two-door models like the affected Vantage, DB11, and DBS still represent the core of Aston Martin's lineup, especially with the four-door Rapide now on its way out. But the arrival of the new DBX crossover promises to boost the company's production and broaden its appeal beyond the niche it currently occupies – just as the Urus has for Lamborghini, for example, or the Cayenne did for Porsche.
Last year the company sold 6,441 vehicles around the world, up over 26 percent from the 5,098 units it moved the previous year. Expect the new DBX to boost those numbers significantly in the coming years.