Piaggio Group Americas is recalling certain 2019 Vespa GTV 300, 2019 Vespa GTS 300, and 2020 Vespa GTS 300 HPE scooters because of issues with their braking system. In total, there are 1,328 units affected by this recall in the United States.
According to recall documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the J.Juan brake lines on the affected models may have been improperly galvanized, and thus may allow hydrogen to be released into the brake fluid.
This is because the protective zinc layer used for surface treatment of the brake pipe terminals was found to have an irregular surface, which allows hydrogen to remain inside the surface during the treatment process, which in-turn releases in the brake fluid causing hydrogen to release inside of the braking system.
To remedy the issue, Piaggio will notify affected owners, and Vespa dealers will install new front and rear master cylinder brake flush fittings, and perform a complete brake system flush, free of charge.
The recall began November 27, 2019 and owner letters will be mailed through January 17, 2020. Concerned owners may contact Piaggio customer service at 1-212-380-4433. Piaggio’s number for this recall is PP2ZZQ1904_GTS.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.