Motorcycle Recalls, Is your Motorcycle on the List?

Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki have had quite a bit of recalls on some of their motorcycles. If you do own one of the models please take it in to the dealership to have it fixed immediately. If you are in an accident caused by one of these recalls please contact The Reinecke Law Firm immediately. Your safety and well being is our biggest concern when you are involved in a motorcycle accident.

Honda

Honda has issued a recall for a number of its Shadow cruiser models through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, range is from 2010 to 2016 model year. According to the NHTSA announcement, “engine vibration may cause the bank angle sensor wire to rub on the wire harness joint connector, resulting in a loss of the sensor signal.” Included below is the complete list of affected models.

2016 Honda Shadow Aero

2012-2014 Model Year
VT750CA
VT750C2
VT750C2F

2011 – 2016 Model Year
VT750C

2013 – 2016 Model Year
VT750CS

2010 – 2016 Model Year
VT750C2B

2013-2014 Model Year
VT750C2S

There are 22,142 units affected by the defect, and Honda estimates that 100% of the population described above is affected.

The risk for engine stall or misfire is increased as a result of the potential for bank angle sensor failure, and Honda Motor Company has received numerous reports of such incidents occurring dating back to 2013.

Owners of affected models will be contacted by mail and asked to take the motorcycle to a Honda dealer, where the joint connector will be relocated and bank angle sensor replaced, free of charge. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870 for more information. Honda’s recall ID is JW7.

Owners may also go to www.safercar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 15V874000.

Suzuki

Suzuki issued five recalls through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently, concerning a number of V-Strom 1000, V-Strom 650, SFV650 and Burgman models. Below is a breakdown of the specifics of each recall. Suzuki customer service can be reached at 1-714-966-7040 for more information.

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Suzuki Recall ID Number 2A53
2014 DL1000 (V-Strom 1000) – Manufactured January 17, 2014 – June 5, 2014
2015 DL1000 (V-Strom 1000) – Manufactured November 5, 2014 – February 6, 2015

This batch comprises three of the recalls Suzuki issued through the NHTSA. The first recall addresses the potential for the ignition switch terminals to become corroded if they come into contact with liquid, such as salt water. The Defect Notice submitted to the NHTSA states that if such corrosion occurs, “the ignition lead wire and wire harness terminals of the connector can be connected, completing the power circuit independent of the ignition switch. Under this condition, the engine cannot be stopped by turning off the ignition key.” Suzuki Motor Corporation received reports of this problem occurring in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Austria, Japan and Canada throughout 2015.

Suzuki will install a cover on the ignition switch connector to rectify the issue. If corrosion is found to have already taken place, the ignition lead wire and wire harness will be replaced as well. The repairs will be completed free of charge, and owners that have already paid to fix the issue prior to the recall will be reimbursed.

The same selection of V-Strom 1000 motorcycles has a second recall, this one owing to the potential for the “battery ground connection (to) develop poor conductivity due to corrosion or a weak connection to the painted surface of the crankcase to which it is attached.” If the issue is present, “the engine may stall and be unable to be restarted.”

Suzuki will move the battery ground connection to an unpainted surface, near the exhaust pipe. The wire protector will be replaced as well with a high-heat resistant tube. As with the first recall, Suzuki dealers will remedy the issue free of charge and reimburse any owners that have already incurred costs in fixing the problem.

And finally the third recall for this group of V-Strom 1000s is to address a “wiring harness that may rub against the bottom of the fuel tank. Vibration from riding may cause the wiring insulation to wear off, allowing bare wire to short circuit against the fuel tank.”

Suzuki dealers will reroute wire harnesses found to be in the improper position. If wear is shown, dealers will add protective tape. If bare wire is shown, dealers will replace the entire wire harness.

2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Comparison

Suzuki Recall ID Number 2A50, 2A51, 2A52
2013-2014 SFV650
2013-2014 AN650A (Burgman 650 ABS)
2012-2014 DL650A (V-Strom 650 ABS)

The NHTSA summarizes the issue with the three above listed models as such: “contamination from component production and storage combined with manufacturing variations may result in excessive tappet and camshaft wear within the engines of the affected motorcycles.”

The concern is that if tappet clearance becomes too large, the engine may stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki received its first field reports regarding the issue back in June 2013, but were unable to successfully diagnose the problem for more than two years. Changes to production processes and tappet material were initiated in the search for a solution, but it wasn’t until November 2015 that SMC found that contamination from the partition boards used for storage may have entered the cylinder head assemblies.

Suzuki dealers will inspect models within the recall range and if necessary replace the tappets and camshafts. Motorcycles with less than 2500 miles will have tappets and camshafts replaced regardless of tappet clearance or signs of wear. All service will be provided free of charge.

2014 Suzuki SFV650

Suzuki Recall ID Number 2A49
2013 SFV650 – Manufactured March 23, 2013 – April 8, 2013
2014 SFV650 – Manufactured October 24, 2013 – November 26, 2013
2015 SFV650 – Manufactured August 9, 2014 – September 12, 2014

According to the recall notice regarding this range of SFV650s, the fuel tank breather hose may not have been positioned properly during assembly, and may become kinked. Fuel tank pressure may become abnormally high or low and in extreme instances could deform or crack the tank. Suzuki cites a new assembly line process as the cause of the issue.

Suzuki will inspect and replace the fuel tank breather hose, and in cases where it’s found that the breather hose is obstructed, the fuel tank will be replaced as well. All service will be provided by dealers free of charge.

GSX-models

Suzuki Motor of America has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for certain 2016 GSX-S1000, GSX-S1000A and GSX-s1000FA motorcycles due to a potential front brake caliper issue. Affected motorcycles may leak brake fluid from the front brake caliper, according to the NHTSA release. There are potentially 600 units affected by the recall.

2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000

GSX-S1000 motorcycles included in the recall were manufactured July 8, 2015 to July 29, 2015. GSX-S1000A models included were manufactured July 10, 2015 to August 24, 2015 while GSX-S1000FA models were manufactured July 21, 2015 to July 27, 2015.

The Defect Notice submitted by Suzuki to the NHTSA on November 19, 2015 states that “the surface of the seal groove in the brake piston cylinder may be damaged, causing brake fluid leakage.” The cause of the defect owes to the fact that “the supplier of the front brake caliper applied a surface treatment to change the color of the brake caliper body. Due to insufficient sealing, some treating liquid may have entered the brake piston cylinder, damaging the surface condition of the brake piston seal groove in the piston cylinder.”

Suzuki dealers will replace the front brake caliper on affected motorcycles free of charge with a component that did not receive the surface treatment which caused the defect.
Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-714-572-1490 for more information. Suzuki’s recall identification number is 2A48.

Owners may also go to www.safercar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 15V788000.

Yamaha

Yamaha has made the recall of its line of 2015 YZF-R1 motorcycles official, issuing a notice through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recalled models were produced from August 1, 2014 to June 1, 2015. There are potentially 2921 units affected.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Shootout Track (2)

In the Defect Notice submitted to the NHTSA on November 23, 2015, Yamaha states that “in the affected motorcycles, both second gear wheel and pinion gears in the transmission may break as a result of extremely high stress and/or improper shifting. This is due to inadequate component strength and stress concentration at the gear teeth bottom land. In addition, the third and fourth wheel gears may be deformed or break as a result of excessive stress caused by hard usage.” The issue can cause the transmission to lock, causing loss of control and increasing the chance for a crash and injury.

Yamaha estimates that 100% of the YZF-R1s produced in the indicated timeframe are afflicted with the transmission issue. There are no reported injuries or incidents related to the issue cited in the Defect Notice.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. was notified by Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. on November 13, 2015 that the “situation exists.” The issue was discovered during a quality control review.

Owners will have the transmission assembly replaced with one that has improved durability, according to the Defect Notice, free of charge. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926 for more information. Yamaha’s recall ID is 99100.

Owners may also go to www.safercar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 15V802000.

 To Remember

If you or a loved one have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law Firm as soon as you are able for a free case evaluation at 1(800)275-836. The Reineke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists with their accidents and recovery and have the experience to handle your case.