The chairman of Aston Martin's U.S. dealer advisory panel has revealed the company could be forced to drop the DB9 and Vantage in the United States.

The chairman of Aston Martin's U.S. dealer advisory panel has revealed the company could be forced to drop the DB9 and Vantage in the United States.

The problem revolves around new side-impact crash rules which go into effect next month. Both models fail to comply with the new regulations and the failure to secure an exemption would effectively seal their fate in the United States.

In a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, James Walker said most "Aston Martin dealers are barely profitable" and the loss of the DB9 and Vantage would be devastating to customers, dealerships and the brand. The petition goes on to say some dealerships could be forced to close and this would put hundreds of jobs at risk.

There's no word on whether or not the petition will have any impact but Aston Martin has already requested exemptions for both models.

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