The 2019 Yamaha Virago (XV250) is the latest motorcycle to get a recall order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and this recall affects 17 units of the quarter-liter cruiser.
The recall stems from an oil passageway in the engine side cover, which might not have been properly machined during manufacturing.
Because of this defect, there is a possibility for improper lubrication of internal engine components, and as a result, improper lubrication may cause the engine to stall and not restart. These conditions could result in the possibility of a crash with injury or death, hence the recall.
Yamaha’s recall documents suggest that the oiling issue commonly presents itself within the first 100 miles of operation of a new motorcycle, and can be noted by an increase in engine noise, followed by rod knock and a lack of power.
To remedy the issue, Yamaha will notify affect Virago owners, and Yamaha dealers will inspect and replace of the engine side cover, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 17, 2020.
Concerned Yamaha Virgao owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990136. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.