A Little Documentation Mix-Up Could Potentially Be Trouble

Of all the reasons for a manufacturer to issue a recall, this is one of the most benign, though the potential is there for future safety concerns. Some 2017 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles destined for the U.S. market were given a Canadian Motor Vehicle Certification Label and as a result, fail to comply with proper certification requirements. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on these bikes doesn’t match the VIN on the Vehicle Certification Label. This may seem, at first glance, to be no big deal, but the concern is that without proper labeling, owners might miss future recalls that could include safety-related concerns.

Continue reading for more information on Yamaha’s recall.

What’s To Be Done?

2015 - 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3
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The recall is expected to begin July 20, 2017. If you are the proud owner of a Yamaha YZFR3, you can contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926 and reference recall No. 990115. Alternatively, owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov and reference NHTSA Campaign No. 17V423000.

This is the first recall on the new 2017 YZFR3 bikes, though previous years saw a couple of recalls for potentially dangerous mechanical problems. The 2015 and 2016 YZFR3F/G models had back-to-back recalls last year relating to clutch pressure plate bearing failures and oil pump drive gear failures, both of which could cause major problems for the rider. If you own one of these YZFs, check with Yamaha or go to www,safercar.gov and reference NHTSA Campaign No. 16V460000 for the bearing recall and NHTSA Campaign No. 16V4590000 for the oil pump drive gear recall.

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Source: NHTSA

Allyn Hinton
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If it had moving parts, it had Allyn's interest from a very early age. At age 11 when bicycles were too simple to hold her interest any longer, her father found her taking apart the lawn mower. When he asked why she was doing it, she replied, “I need to see how it works.” That curiosity and mechanical drive served her well over the next 40 years as she pursued careers in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. Having shared her love of motorcycles with her now husband, biker TJ Hinton, Allyn brings that love and knowledge to TopSpeed as writer and associate motorcycle editor.  Read More
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