Kawasaki and Zero Recalls Issued

August 9, 2013

By Byron Wilson

A sizable recall notice was issued by the National Highway Traffic Administration for a possible defect in the ECU on certain 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles. There are potentially 11,097 units affected in this recall on models manufactured July 16, 2012 through April 27, 2013.

The NHTSA notice states that “due to an improper setting in the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), the motorcycle may stall under deceleration,” increasing the risk of a crash. Kawasaki plans to notify owners of affected models.

Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381 for more information.

The NHTSA has also issued a recall notice for certain 2011 and 2012 Zero S and DS motorcycles. Front caliper mounting bolts on affected models have been found to be susceptible to corrosion, which could lead to cracking and possible fracture. According to the notice, “if a front caliper bolt fractures, the caliper may come loose and interfere with the rotation of the front wheel. This could cause the front wheel to stop suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.” There are potentially 268 units affected.

Zero plans to contact owners and dealers will be prepared to replace the front caliper bolts as needed. Owners can contact Zero directly at 1-888-841-8085.

Owners affected by either recall can also call the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safecar.gov for more details.

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