Do Drivers Know You’re Turning? Are You Sure?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall on 2017 Zero S, SR, and DSP motorcycles with the ZF13.0 power pack and the S with the ZF6.5 pack. The turn signals could fail and the turn-signal flasher may not change its flash rate to alert the ride that something is wrong. Not as dramatic as brake failures or engine problems, but it is a safety-related problem that could cause a collision if other riders and drivers don’t have a clue that you’re turning. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough getting drivers to notice you when all the lighting on your bike is functioning properly; if you don’t believe me, go watch some crash videos on YouTube.

Continue reading for more on the Zero recall.

What’s To Be Done?

Zero Motorcycles Recall on S, SR, and DSP Models for Lighting Problem
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Zero has issued recall SV-ZMC-017-369 slated to begin on or by July 28. Customer can contact Zero customer service at 1-888-841-8085. The dealer is prepared to test and replace the flasher unit at no cost to the owner. Alternatively, owners can contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov and reference NHTSA Campaign No. 17V436000.

No other recalls have been issued on the 2017 Zero SR to date, though the S saw a prior recall on a possible problem with the anti-lock brake system. NHTSA Campaign No. 17V145000 (Zero recall SV-ZMC-017-363) dealt with a possible hydraulic control unit programming SNAFU. If your Zero is affected by the current recall, make sure you’re clear of the prior recall, as well. If the turn signal problem is the worst thing going, even though it does pose a safety concern, it’s not the most tragic thing to have happen. It’s always a good idea to be vigilant about doing self-inspections on your bike’s lighting anyway, just so you know you’re in compliance.

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Source: NHTSA safercar.gov

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