Kawasaki Ninja motorcycles recalled over oil leaks
Kawasaki has announced that a total of 4170 Ninja ZX-10R Supersport bikes of 2011-12 batch will be recalled following reports of oil leaks. The problem is noted in joint between starter and crankcase which is causing a leak which would lead to oil spill and possible dangers of fire. Though till date the company has not received any reports of any untoward incidents having occurred due to this problem, Kawasaki is leaving no stone unturned in rectifying the problem on a war footing.
The company will be notifying owners to bring in their vehicles for a check and dealers have already been intimated to ensure that crankcase is resealed free of charge. The recall will commence shortly and owners of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R are expected to call the company for further instructions at 1-866-802-9381.
Kawasaki Ninja possesses a four stroke liquid cooled DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder mated to a six speed transmission. It is an ultimate sports bike with fuel tank capacity of 4.5 gallons and curb weight of 436.6 lbs. Ninja ZX-R1o Supersport is offered in a choice of three color combinations, Line Green, Passion Red and Platinum Gray together with Metallic Spark Black.
Read the press release below for more information
Report Date: August 12, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V369000
Vehicle Model Year / Make / Model: 2011-2012 KAWASAKI ZX-10R
Manufacturer: KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Mfr’s Report Date: JUL 31, 2012
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,170
Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 ZX-10R (ZX1000JBF/JBFL/KBF/KBFL/JCF/JCFL/KCF/KCFL) ‘NINJA’ motorcycles. Engine oil may leak from the crankcase at the starter mounting point and pool on top of the crankcase. Continued use in this condition can allow oil to spill over onto the rear tire.
If oil spills onto the rear tire, there is an increased risk of a crash, leading to personal injury or death.
Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will remove the starter and seal the crankcase, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin shortly. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381.
Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.