50cc Piaggio and Vespa Scooters Recalled

January 5, 2012
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Piaggio USA has issued a recall for some its 50cc scooters to correct faulty ignition systems. The recall notice, posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), could affect 2147 models in the Piaggio and Vespa lineups.

2011 Vespa S50
Piaggio has recalled more than 2100 of its 50cc scooters, like the Vespa S50, for an ignition control unit replacement.

Faulty ignition control units are to blame for the recall. Units on the Piaggio Fly 50, Vespa LX50 and Vespa S50 “may fail and alter the ignition timing.” The NHTSA recall bulletin then states a possible consequence of the faulty ignition is “Improper ignition timing may cause an engine backfire into the airbox, increasing the risk of fire.”

This safety recall should begin on or before January 17, 2012. Owners of affected units will be notified by Piaggio and entitled to a free replacement of the ignition control unit at their dealer.

Owners can learn more about the recall by contacting the Piaggio Customer Care Helpline at 212-380-4433, or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 / 1-800-424-9153 (www.safercar.gov)

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Affected Recall Units:
2011-2012 Piaggio Fly 50
2010-2012 Vespa LX50
2009-2012 Vespa S50