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Kawasaki Recalls 2009-10 Ninja 250s

Friday, December 11, 2009
The NHTSA has announced a recall for the popular Kawasaki Ninja 250R. The recall, issued by Kawasaki, potentially affects 259 units of the 2009-2010 model years of the entry-level sportbike. The problem is a potential leak in the engine case, which could deposit oil on the rear tire.
A cursory glance at the little Ninja and it s easy to mistake for its bigger supersport sibling.
Kawasaki its popular Ninja 250 due to a potential oil leak in 259 of its 2009-2010 model units.

The specifics of the NHTSA report state: “A small number of upper engine cases for the affected model could have porosity in the aluminum casting. This porosity occurs in the vicinity of a pressurized oil passage just above the transmission output shaft.”

The recall is expected to begin in early December, with dealers inspecting the suspicious area. Any evidence of a leak will be repaired without charge to the consumer.

Owners of 2009-2010 Ninja 250Rs can contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. They may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit www.safercar.gov

View the original NHTSA announcement at: 2009-2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Recall.

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Danger Mouse -Wow  January 12, 2010 03:20 AM
I didn't think it was that big of a deal until I saw how much money it was total. If they each cost $4400 after tax that turns out to be $1,139,600 for 259 bikes! Wow, that's a touch over 1 million dollars!
milwaukee mike -Safety recall?  December 14, 2009 07:24 AM
Gee,...wonder if it is a volantary recall or a NHTSA mandated recall?
Doesn't it seem a little strange that a beginners sport bike would leak oil on the rear tire?
Maybe it was a designed in feature so that beginners don't corner to hard?
Funny how HD haters used to say that Harleys leaked oil and their jap bikes were soooo oil tight; it seems the worm has turned.