Zero Motorcycles is recalling 160 of its electric DS & S motorcycles for an issue with the front brake caliper. Because of the defect, owners may experience permanent deformation of their brake discs when subjected to high braking loads, which induce misalignment of the front brake pads with respect to the front brake rotor. Accordingly, misalignment of the brake pads in relation to the rotor may cause reduced front braking performance, which could lead to a possible crash and potential injury or death of the rider.
The pertinent models and build dates are as follows:
- 2009 Zero S – September 2, 2009 through December 22, 2009
- 2009 Zero DS – July 27, 2009 through December 28, 2009
- 2010 Zero S – February 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011
- 2010 Zero DS – January 20, 2010 through March 31, 2011
Zero Motorcycle dealers will replace the front brake caliper bracket with a redesigned component, and replace the front brake pads in case the existing pads experienced abnormal wear. The front brake fluid will also be inspected and, if signs of overheating are noted, it will be replaced and the system will be flushed. This service will be performed free of charge. This safety recall is expected to begin this month. Concerned owners may contact Zero Motorcycles at 1-888-786-9376 ext. 45, and as always the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and safecrar.gov.