Yamaha Motor Australia has joined a worldwide recall on its MT03 and R3 learner-approved motorcycles over a transmission problem which could cause an engine seizure.
The Japanese manufacturer has also recalled several other small-capacity road bikes which are not on sale in Australia over the same issue, as well as a brake problem.
In the Australian voluntary recall notice issued through the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, the bikes affected can be identified by their frame numbers:
- YZF-R3A 2015 ~ 2016 – RH072 – 001001-004480
- MT03LA 2016 – RH07L – 001001-001800
Owners are advised to contact an authorised Yamaha dealer to replace the pressure plate assembly and oil pump assembly free of charge.
The recall notice says the clutch pressure plate bearing may fail when operated frequently, which means around-town riding.
“The oil pump drive gear may break due to excessive stress,” it says.
“The clutch may fail to operate and the transmission will not shift properly and the engine may seize due to lack of engine oil supply.”
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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