Posts tagged ‘National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’

06/02/2014

James Bond’s Sports Car Has Chinese Supply-Chain Problems – Businessweek

Aston Martin, the luxury sports car manufacturer often associated with James Bond, has the same problem as Mattel’s (MAT) Hot Wheels: glitches in the Chinese supply chain.

Aston Martins

The legendary sports car company is recalling more than 5,000 cars manufactured since 2007. According to a Jan. 15 letter (pdf) from Aston Martin to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company investigated after reports of throttle pedal arms breaking during installation. Its discovery: “Initial tests on the failed pedal arm have shown that the Tier Three Supplier used counterfeit material.”

The luxury sports cars’ throttle pedals are assembled in Swindon, England, by a company known as Precision Varionic International, which in turn gets its parts from Fast Forward Tooling in Hong Kong. In this case, Fast Forward Tooling subcontracted the molding of pedal arms to Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co., which bought its allegedly “counterfeit material” from Synthetic Plastic Raw Material Co. in the Chinese factory town of Dongguan. And apparently, James Bond’s gadget man Q was not on hand to inspect quality.

via James Bond’s Sports Car Has Chinese Supply-Chain Problems – Businessweek.

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