Now Yamaha has recalled 78 of their 2017-19 XP530A scooters because the main stand “may crack and break due to substandard welding”.
The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says if the scooter stand cracks, “the scooter could fall and cause a serious crush injury to the rider or bystanders”.
Yamaha will contact “all known affected consumers” directly to arrange for inspection and, if necessary, a new strengthened stand.
However, recall notices don’t always reach the owners, which is why we publish them.
No recall notification
Canadian rider Randall Munroe says he crashed his 2012 Triumph Explorer after the side stand broke loose.
“When I went online to look up the part number I discovered that there had been a recall for the side stand bolt but I had never been notified,” he says.
“When I contacted the dealer they blamed me so I went up the chain and eventually contacted Triumph UK. In short, they did nothing.
“Wouldn’t even replace the broken and damaged parts – I had to pay for them myself. I did contact a lawyer after Triumph refused to deal with the problem but was told that I wouldn’t get anywhere with a claim unless I had missed work due to injury but I was retired at the time.
“Just a caution for every bike owner to keep informed of recalls as you can’t trust the manufacturer to be responsible!”