Kawasaki announced the start of operations in the world’s largest motorcycle market, China. The company actually established its new subsidiary, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Management (Shanghai), in April but the subsidiary will begin importing and selling motorcycles Aug. 18. The company will focus sales around the major centers of Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, hoping to attract […]
Recall for 2009-2010 Kawasaki KLX250
Kawasaki is recalling some 2009-2010 KLX250 models due to a risk of leaky fuel tanks.
According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel tank on affected motorcycles may not be in contact with the frame-mounted rubber dampers designed to support the front of the tank, and the tank side mounting tabs may have excessive clearance from from the frame. As a result, spot-welded sections along the side tabs may be under excessive stress, potentially resulting in cracking and a fuel leak.
The problem was first reported in July 2010 by a Kawasaki distributor in Japan that noticed fuel leaking from a unit near the frame mounting bracket. An investigation conducted in June 2010 following a third reported incident determined the cause of the fuel leak. Kawasaki received a total of six reports by February 2011.
Kawasaki dealers will inspect the fuel tanks on 2009-2010 KLX250 models for the defect. If a leak is detected, dealers will replace the fuel tank. Otherwise, dealers will install a new damper to ensure the fuel tank has the proper clearance from the frame.
The recall campaign affects 9,460 units.
[Source: NHTSA, Campaign ID#: 11V316000]