Kawasaki is recalling certain bikes from its 2018 model year Z900 series of motorcycle.
The recall affects 1,173 units from the Z900 , Z900 ABS, and Z900RS models, and concerns a rear brake hose and rear wheel rotation sensor wire, which may have been incorrectly routed, allowing them to contact the rear tire.
If the brake hose contacts the rear tire, the hose may be damaged, which could reduce the braking performance of the motorcycle. Similarly, if the wheel rotation wire gets damaged, the ABS may not function properly.
Either condition can increase the risk of a crash, and thus a recall has been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
First discovered by Kawasaki’s European importer, the issue stems from the brake hose and wiring pieces for the rear wheel being improperly routed at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries factory.
To remedy the situation, Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA will notify affected owners, and Kawasaki dealers will inspect the brake line and rear wheel sensor wire routing, correcting the routing and replacing any damaged components, free of charge.
This recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Concerned owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. KMC’s number for this recall is MC18-06.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.