2013 Brammo Empulse R Recalled for Electrical Shorting Risk

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The 2013 Brammo Empulse R is being recalled because a high-current electrical cable may not have been properly installed

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a high-current cable connected to the Brammo Empulse R’s motor controller may not be properly aligned. As the diagrams below show, the cable’s flag terminal should fit in between two molded dividers. On some units however, the flag terminals may actually sit raised on top of one of the dividers.

The positioning of the flag terminal may thus result in an electrical short, leading to a complete loss of electrical power and a short-duration localized electrical burn.

According to the NHTSA documents, Brammo first identified the problem May 9 while servicing a test unit. Brammo started an investigation the next day and soon after confirmed a potential safety concern. No customers have reported any problems due to this issue.

Brammo will contact Empulse R owners and trained technicians will inspect the motor controller units (located behind the belly pan) and ensure the cables are installed properly and that no shorting has occurred. If there are any signs of electrical shorting, technicians will replace the cable, motor controller and cover assembly.

The recall affects five units in the U.S.

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[Source: NHTSA Recall#13V208000]

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