Blame Mercedes for this latest recall.
As a small automaker, Aston Martin can be prone to its fair share of recalls. The Vantage had to be recalled recently for transmission issues and the DB9 and DBS had a potential fire risk. Now, Automotive News Europe reports that Aston Martin has to recall the DB11 over steering column issues. The issue can result in unintended airbag deployments. This recall is the latest in a long line of airbag recalls that have bee happening in the automotive industry. Amazingly, this recall isn't even Aston Martin's fault.
In fact, the fault for this recall falls on Mercedes-Benz. Aston Martin is the latest automaker to be impacted by defaults with Daimler steering-column components. Last year, Daimler recalled one million Mercedes-Benz cars that were fitted with this steering column. The issue is triggered by inadequate grounding in the Daimler steering units, which leaves their circuitry vulnerable to electrostatic charges. All told, Aston Martin has built 3,873 DB11 coupes since late 2015, and all of them will be affected by this recall. Infiniti has also been forced to recall 17,500 affected vehicles. We assume that Infiniti has had to recall its QX30 because it is based on the Mercedes GLA.
Unlike other airbag recalls that have occurred recently this one has nothing to do with the Takata airbag inflators. Mercedes has reported "a handful of instances where drivers suffered minor abrasions or bruises," although no Aston Martin customers have reported an issue. Aston Martin says that it will take care of the necessary repairs free of charge in under two hours. So much for the Mercedes partnership making Aston Martin more reliable.