Kawasaki Z300 recalled over clutch issue

Kawasaki Z300 ABS clutch

Kawasaki Australia has recalled the learner-approved 2018 Z300 over an issue with the clutch cable that could spark a fire.

The official notice lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says “a deformed clutch cable clamp may contact the bottom plate of the fuel tank”.

“Contact of the clutch cable clamp and bottom plate of the fuel tank can cause wear and perforate the plate, resulting in a fuel leak that could cause an accident or fire,” the notice says.

Owners should contact their nearest Kawasaki dealer to arrange an inspection and free repair of the bike.

Only seven motorcycles are affected according to the list of Vehicle Identification Numbers of affected bikes: JKAER8B19JDA19198, JKAER8B17JDA19202, JKAER8B10JDA19204, JKAER8B14JDA19206, JKAER8B16JDA19207, JKAER8B1XJDA19193 and JKAER8B17JDA19197.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Even though manufacturers and importers contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle recalls as a service to all riders.

In Australia, recall notices are issued by the manufacturer and the Department of Infrastructure through a voluntary industry code under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.

Despite hundreds of recalls by various automotive manufacturers, only the Takata airbag recall has ever been mandatory.  All others have been issued by the manufacturer.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia

• USA

• UK

• New Zealand

• Canada

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