American Honda has begun a recall on the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP for the faulty installation of the rear cushion and its connecting plates.
The recall affects only 2021 model year Fireblades, which means that a total of 89 units may be affected by this announcement.
According to recall documents, the rear cushion plates may have been installed upside down, and as a result, they could break.
The records go on to stat that the recall population was determined based on manufacturing records, and that the production range reflects all possible vehicles that could experience the problem.
All vehicles produced within the dates of manufacture ranges specified above may be affected.
As a process improvement, the rear cushion connecting plate assembly now includes visual references for correct and incorrect installation. In addition, a visual inspection with check marks have been implemented to the assembly inspection process.
If the connecting plates break, it could cause a sudden drop in the ride height of the vehicle, which in turn could cause a crash.
To remedy the issue, Honda will notify affected Fireblade owners, and Honda dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace both rear cushion connecting plates free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 7, 2021.
Concerned Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KL9. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov