I had to re-read the recall notice twice to make sure I was seeing things correctly – Suzuki actually changed something on the venerable DR-Z400 that necessitated a recall.
Jokes aside, this recall only affects 2018 model years DR-Z400SM & DR-Z400S motorcycles, and concerns their rear brake light.
According to recall documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the resin that fills the rear brake light may have adhered to the internal electrical contacts, and as such may cause the rear brake light not to illuminate.
A faulty brake light can lead to a number of dangerous possibilities for a motorcycle rider, so to fix the situation, Suzuki will notify affected owners, and Suzuki dealers will install a new brake light switch assembly, free of charge. This recall began on July 16, 2018.
Concerned DR-Z owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934, and reference Suzuki’s number for this recall, which is 2A84.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.