Yamaha Motor Australia has recalled its new retro XSR700 motorcycles over an electrical issue.
The voluntary safety recall issued through the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission says bikes affected have VIN (Vehicle identification number) 0000101 to 0000441.
“The main switch wire lead is routed near a metal cable guide located on the steering head,” the notice says. “Through normal use, there is a possibility that the wire lead may be worn by the metal guide.
“If the wire lead is worn by the metal guide, this may potentially result in an electrical shortage between the lead and the main frame.”
Consumers will be contacted directly by mail to contact their local Yamaha dealer and arrange for a free repair of their motorcycle.
Consumers can contact Yamaha Motor Australia or call 1300 593 600.
In a responsible move by Yamaha, they have asked that if you no longer own the motorcycle, please advise them so they can alert the current owner.
Yamaha has not had a recall in Australia since July when there was a worldwide recall of the MT03 and R3 learner-approved motorcycles over a transmission problem which could cause an engine seizure.
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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