The lastest recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers an entire group of motorcycles from Kawasaki – those that use the Z900 ABS as their base.
As such, we are seeing the Z900, Z900RS, and Z900RS Cafe motorcycles equipped with ABS from the 2019 model year as the bike touched by this recall, with 497 units in total affected.
4The recall centers around the fact that the motorcycles might still allow their front or rear wheels to lock-up, despite the ABS feature being engaged. This is because the ABS hydraulic unit may have been contaminated with debris because of an improperly shaped jig during the manufacturing process.
The issue was spotted during Kawasaki QC testing, and stems from the ABS unit supplier changing how they manufacturer the units for the Z900 series.
- the supplier changed the jig to assemble ABS component parts to ABS unit on 10/8/18
- the shape of the jig was improper so that it shaved a part of ABS pump body during assembly and produced aluminum debris
- such debris went into pump compression chamber.
According to recall documents, Kawasaki has notified affected owners, and Kawasaki dealers will inspect the ABS unit, replacing it as necessary, free of charge.
The recall began February 15, 2019. Concerned owners may contact Kawasaki Customer Care at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC19-01. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.