If you put a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R in your garage this year, then you should pay attention to the latest recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
At the heart of the recall is an issue with the ZX-14R’s front brake master cylinder, which may be missing an internal component that can cause inconsistent front braking force. In total, 84 motorcycles might could have this issue.
From the recall documents, we see that on the affected models, the front brake master cylinder could be missing an internal component, which interferes with the intended flow of the hydraulic fluid in certain situations.
If the internal component is in fact missing, then it could result in the hydraulic force applied by the front brake to be inconsistent at the caliper or lever.
This can lead to a situation where the rider may experience reduced front brake actuation, braking force, and/or lever pressure, which could create the potential for a crash.
Working with the part supplier for the front brake master cylinder, Kawasaki confirmed that the front brake master cylinders were assembled by a particular worker who may have been missing the internal component, hence the small number of affected machines.
To remedy the issue, Kawasaki will notify affected owners, and Kawasaki dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder, free of charge.
Note: Owners are advised to not ride their motorcycle until the repair is complete.
This recall is expected to begin on December 4, 2020. Concerned Ninja ZX-14R owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC20-11.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.