Over 18,000 Yamaha Motorcycles Recalled for Switch Failure

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Fresh on the heels of the recall of the Yamaha FJR1300 for its gearbox issues, Yamaha has another recall on the books with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this one affecting over 18,000 motorcycles.

At the core of the problem is a faulty brake light switch that is used on seven different models: the Yamaha FJR1300, Tracer GT, Niken GT, Super Ténéré, Star Eluder, and Star Venture.

According to the recall documents, the front brake switch on affected models may fail due to increased internal resistance caused by silicon oxide.

If this happens, the brake light and possibly also the cruise control system may stay on constantly. These systems might also have difficultly activating, and may also cancel activation unexpectedly. Any one of these situations could create a safety concern, hence the recall.

Note: Owners are advised not to operate their motorcycle until the repairs have been performed.

To remedy the issue, Yamaha will notify affected owners, and Yamaha dealers will replace the front brake switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 13, 2021.

Concerned Yamaha owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990140. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and

Source: NHTSA