All too often, motorcycle manufacturers issue recalls that go virtually unnoticed. This exposes motorcycle riders to risks of accidents and personal injuries as they might not be made aware that their vehicle is prone to experiencing equipment failure. In order to help our readers to stay safe and avoid accidents, we’re reporting on two of the latest motorcycle recalls. The first comes from Harley-Davidson and it impacts the 2020 LiveWire electric motorcycle models.
According to the American motorcycle manufacturer, units manufactured between September 23, 2019 and March 16, 2020 may suffer from a power interruption issue in the onboard charging system.
Because the defective software can shut down the electric vehicle powertrain unexpectedly, the rider might not be able to restart it. In other cases, the rider will be able to restart the motorcycle but the powertrain will shut down again shortly after. Both scenarios could potentially lead to an accident.
To address the issue, Harley-Davidson will update the software in all vehicles to prevent power interruption incidents.
Yamaha Motorcycle: Visibility Issues Can Cause Accidents
The second motorcycle recall comes from Yamaha.
According to the official recall report, 31,000 motorcycles come with rear reflector assemblies that may have undergone issues during assembly, allowing condensation and contaminants to adhere to the mold during the lens’ manufacturing process. As a result, the reflectors can fail to illuminate properly, making the motorcycle less visible and therefore more susceptible to experiencing collisions.
Impacted units include the 2015 through 2020 Yamaha YXF-R3, the 2018 through 2020 Yamaha XMAX, and the 2020 Yamaha MT-03.
If you own one of these motorcycles and you would like to learn more about either of these recalls, contact Harley-Davidson or Yamaha for more details.
You can also visit www.safercar.gov and verify whether your motorcycle has been recalled by looking up recalls using your bike’s VIN number.