CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corporation USA is recalling some 20,000 motorcycles in the United States due to a potential failure of the front-brake switch which can lead to multiple problems.
The 18,203 motorcycles covered by the recall are model years 2013-2021 Yamaha MTT9GT (TRACER GT), MXTGTKL (NIKEN GT), MT10, XTZ12 (SUPER TÉNÉRÉ), FJ13, XV19B (STAR ELUDER) AND XV19 (STAR VENTURE).
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-814, “: In affected motorcycles, the front brake switch may fail due to increased internal resistance caused by silicon oxide. If this happens, the brake light may stay on constantly and/or the cruise control system, if it can be activated at all, may cancel unexpectedly, either of which could increase the risk of a crash.”
The one warning sign identified by the NHTSA report was the inability for the cruise control to engage or to self cancel.
Yamaha Motor Co., LTD, the manufacturer of the motorcycles, notified the U.S. arm of the company in November that such a condition existed. This issue was determined pursuant to quality control review, testing and a review of foreign models that use substantially similar part design, according to the NHTSA report.
The remedy is replacing the front-brake switch with a properly manufactured one. The recall was scheduled to begin this week with the mailing of consumer and dealer notifications. Repairs will be made, at no cost to either dealers or consumers, as soon as the parts are made available.