Honda is recalling 505 units of its 2018 Honda CRF250L dual-sport motorcycle because of production issues concerning the bike’s wiring harness. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the wiring harness may have been improperly installed at the company’s Thai factory, which could cause the harness to become damaged.
In its recall documents filed with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), a damaged wiring harness was found during routine quality checks at the assembly plant. Honda then began an investigation and determined that the wiring harness was damaged during installation of the front fork assembly. Additional units were inspected with some units exhibiting the same symptom of a damaged wiring harness.
If the wiring harness becomes damaged during production, it could mean that instruments like the lights, horn, and dash would stop being functional, which could not only lead to a safety issue, but it would mean that the motorcycle no longer meets the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment,” and 123, “Motorcycle Control Displays.”
As such, American Honda will notify affected CRF250L owners, and Honda dealers will inspect the wiring harness, and replace it as necessary, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin November 5, 2018.
Concerned Honda CRF250L owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KJ7. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov