Braap Motorcycles has voluntarily recalled about 200 bikes over what seems a trivial issue – the absence of stickers and stamps on the exhaust and other parts.
Australian GM Toby Wilkin says the exhaust still complies with the Australian standards for noise, but is just missing the stamp that says so.
“It’s a simple matter of slapping a sticker on the bike,” he says.
To avoid the remote possibility of copping a fine, owners are advised to contact their place of purchase and organise for the noise compliance sticker or for various non-compliant parts to be replaced free of charge.
Braap Motorcycles Australia has issued the voluntary safety recall notice through the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission for the URBAN, ST-250, SS 125cc and Moto 3 road bikes sold since June 2015.
None of them has the ADR83 stationary noise test information sticker displayed on the motorcycle.
The ST-250 also does not have the correct ADR stamps on some of their parts including the fuel tap, rear master cylinder cap and tail light assembly.
Toby says the replacement parts are the same, but they just don’t have the correct language and approval notices stamped on them.
It is a mandatory requirement that a motorcycle must have each mechanical component accurately stamped and displayed for identification purposes according to regulation for ADR compliance.
The notice says: “The consumer is unable to verify the authenticity and manufacturing standards of these components and there is the possibility this could lead to the incorrect replacement of parts which may affect vehicle performance and compromise the safety of the rider.”
Toby says it’s “just one of those things” and is glitch in their internal auditing process.
“We’re fairly young in the industry as we’ve mainly done dirt bikes and only done road bikes for the past three years with a lot of growth,” he says.
“We’ve made a change in the checking and quality assurance and are now making sure everything is spot on.”
Recall notices are issued by the manufacturer through a voluntary industry code under the ACCC.
Despite hundreds of recalls by various automotive manufacturers, none has ever been mandatory. All have been issued by the manufacturer.
While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.
If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.
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