Confirming the news we posted two weeks ago, Aprilia’s recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finally been published on the government’s website.
In it, the recall states that 308 models in the USA from its 660 lineup (59 in the hands of customers) could have faulty connecting rods in their parallel-twin engine.
At the center of the recall is a batch of connecting rods that were improperly heat-treated by the parts supplier (SPT srl, and sub-supplier Citt), and do not conform to Aprilia’s specifications for its RS 660 and Tuono 660 motorcycles.
Because of the improper heat treatment, the connecting rods are susceptible to breaking, which could create a situation where the engine suddenly fails and creates a dangerous situation.
As a result, Aprilia dealers will replace the engine, free of charge. The recall documents list the work time for an engine swap to be approximately 346 minutes. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed sometime in July 2021.
Concerned Aprilia RS 660 and Aprilia Tuono 660 owners may contact Aprilia customer service at 1-212-380-4400. Aprilia’s number for this recall is PA2ZZQ2107.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov