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Aston Martin is recalling a total of 17,590 cars after discovering that a Chinese sub-supplier was using counterfeit plastic material in a component, Reuters reports. The cars are being recalled because the accelerator pedal arm may break, increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA documents.

The recall involves all of Aston Martin’s left-hand-drive models built since November 2007 and all right-hand-drive models made since May 2012. It affects 75% of all vehicles produced in that period. AM’s latest flagship Vanquish model is not affected.

Aston Martin found that Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co, a Chinese sub-contractor that moulds accelerator pedal arms, used counterfeit plastic material supplied by Synthetic Plastic Raw Material Co Ltd of Dongguan. A spokeswoman for Aston Martin said there had been no reports of accidents and that the financial impact to the automaker was small.