Piaggio Recalls 2,613 Scooters Over Defective Fuel Pump
Piaggio has been bitten by the recall bug. Don’t worry, the diagnosis isn’t life-threatening, although it comes at a time when some models that are affected are pretty long in the tooth. But that’s the nature of these recalls; you don’t know when they’re going to come up and when they do, it’s always better to address them no matter how old the models are.
This time around, Piaggio has identified 2,613 scooters from its own line and that of Vespa, which it also owns. The problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, involves a defective fuel pump, specifically the impeller in the pump that may swell, thus causing decreased pump clearance. In the event this happens, the engine may stall or fail to restart altogether. The NHTSA added that the problem usually occurs when an owner tries to restart the scooter after it’s been shut off for 15 to 20 minutes.
While it’s not as dangerous of a problem compared to other recent recalls we’ve seen, it’s a problem nonetheless. Models that are affected include 2009-2010 Piaggo BV250 and BV 350 models and 2009-2010 Piaggio MP3 25 models. Likewise, Vespa is well-represented in the recall with the 2008-2011 GTS, the 2008-2011 GTV, and 2011 LX models affected by this issue.
As always, owners of any of these scooters are highly encouraged to contact their local dealers where the latter replacing the defective fuel pump components with a newer and presumably safer version.
Click past the jump to read more about the Piaggio and Vespa recalls.
Why it matters
We all know the drill, even if some of you are probably secretly frustrated that it took this long for these models to be recalled. I mean, it’s already 2015 and it’s only now that some of these 2008 model year scooters are being recalled? Seems like somebody fell asleep on the wheel, or in this case, the handlebars.
But hey, a recall’s a recall, right? No matter how frustrating it seems, owners are still highly encouraged to take advantage of these recalls because not only will they get their rides fixed at no cost to them, but they’ll also be given new components that are likely going to prolong these scooter’s lives
So just go ahead and take up Piaggio’s offer to fix all the issues that ail these scooters. Your rides will better off because of it, and you can take comfort knowing that you won’t have to deal with these issues in the immediate and long-term future.