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]