Honda has initiated a voluntary recall campaign for owners of no less than 33 motorcycle models that are all suspected of having defective starter relay switches.
According to Honda, the sealants that put these starter relay switches in place may have been improperly applied, and in some cases, they could lead to increased resistance in the motorcycles’ main fuse. When this happens, the current flow between the battery and bike’s electrical system may be interrupted, preventing the bike from starting or cause an engine stall in cases where the engine is running. The latter scenario poses an inherent risk of a crash. Honda also indicated that the defect may cause a fire because of the defective working conditions in the main fuse.
It’s obviously a serious issue that needs to be addressed. The sheer number of affected models is reason enough to be concerned and owners of affected models are highly encouraged to contact their dealers so they can find out if their bikes are part of the affected lot. Honda dealerships have already been notified of the recall and have also been instructed to replace the parts if they’re found to be defective.
The company didn’t say how many total units are affected by the defect, but the mere fact that 33 models have been tagged means that this particular recall is going to be a real doozy. I can’t name all the models affected by the recall in this page, so if you want to find out if your bike falls under those that have been red-flagged, you can check it out after the jump.
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Today appears to be a day dominated by recalls. Fresh off of a recall of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R in Australia, Honda’s joining in on the fun by announcing its own recall in Japan involving 29,232 motorcycles spanning 37 different models.
That’s a jaw-dropping number by any stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately, that’s the reality facing Honda after it was discovered that all of these models have problems with their starters. According to Honda, the specific issue involves the starter magnetic switch, which may not have gotten enough waterproof treatment, rendering them susceptible to excessive heat that could damage the bike’s fuse or the wiring harness.
Should this happen, a bike’s engine could stall at any moment or worse, lead to a short circuit of the starter magnetic switch that could end up catching fire.
Obviously, anytime the word “fire” is mentioned in any recall, owners need to pay serious attention. It’s not like something like this can just be swept under the rug and ignored completely.
Honda has made this recall an important priority and has promised to immediately inspect the problematic starter magnetic switches and, if need be, replace them with non-defective parts. Honda also said that it will replace the wire harness on affected bikes if it’s determined that these harnesses are showing any signs of damage.
For now, all the affected bikes are from Japan, but there’s also that possibility that models in other markets, including the US, could issue a similar recall if it’s determined that there are affected models in their respective regions.
Keep a close eye on this recall because I wouldn’t be surprised if the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues a similar recall sooner than later.
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Honda Ties Up With The American Motorcycle Association To Improve Safety At The 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Honda has partnered with the American Motorcyclist Association to once again buffer up the safety features at the coming 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The long-standing partnership between the two entities will now include providing soft barriers at the 12.42-mile race course, specifically areas and sections that are considered the most dangerous for drivers and riders racing up the mountain.
These barriers, called Airfences, are described as air-filled cushions that have been designed to protect ATV and motorcycle riders in the event an accident occurs during one of the time trial runs in the Race to the Clouds. This isn’t the first time Honda and the AMA have come together to provide these Airfences to Pikes Peak. Just last year, the two firms partnered with the Roadracing World Action Fund to improve the event’s overall safety of the race that’s considered one of the most dangerous in the world. Last year’s soft barriers came in pretty handy with eventual class champion Jeremy Toye crediting the Airfences for saving him from further injuries after a fall during practice.
Now, Honda and the AMA are coming back for seconds and i couldn’t be a more beautiful thing. We all know how dangerous Pikes Peak can be. There’s no shortage of unavoidable accidents that happen in that mountain race track so any kind of safety equipment that can help minimize the number of injuries that might happen during the race is more than welcome to be part of it.
With these soft barriers in place, organizers, teams, and riders can be comforted knowing that the racing event is making these safety measures its top priority. Lord knows that if there’s one racing event that needs as many safety features as it can get, it’s the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
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The dominoes continue to fall in the Ohlins recall saga as another motorcycle brand has issued a recall of its bikes because of the defective shock absorbers from the Swedish parts company.
Taking its cues from Yamaha and Triumph, Honda has announced the recall of the CBR1000S, known in other places as the CBR1000RR SP. By now, we all know what the problem is, but for those who still aren’t familiar with the issues plaguing Ohlins these days, it basically boils down to defective shocks the Swedish company made that could fall apart at any moment’s notice if they’re not replaced soon.
In Honda’s case, 504 units of the CBS1000S are affected by the recall. Most of the units are classified as 2014 models, built between December 9, 2013 and March 28, 2014. Likewise, a handful of 2015 models are also affected, built between October 20, 2014 and February 27, 2015.
Honda’s also offering a similar procedure to Yamaha and Triumph, encouraging owners of affected models to bring their bikes to their respective Honda dealerships where trained engineers will remove the entire shock assembly and send it to Ohlins’ service centers for repairs. Once the problems are fixed, Ohlins will send the shocks back to the dealerships where engineers will put them back on the bikes, all at no cost to bike owners.
If you want to learn more about Honda’s recall of the CBR1000S, you can reach out to Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870, and reference recall number JQ3. Likewise, the NHTSA stands ready to assist so you can also call them at 1-888-327-4236.
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