Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.: August ’21 Recall

What Is A Recall?

Recalls can be initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or by a manufacturer as a response to consumer complaints. Some issues may be of visual concern while others could affect riding safety and comfort. The process of a recall can take weeks to repair and is usually free of charge. According to the NHTSA’s Safety Recall Compendium, the manufacturer is responsible for notifying their customers of a recall within a reasonable time frame.

If you haven’t received a recall notice, you can follow the steps listed below:

  1. Locate VIN number (listed on insurance card or [motor] vehicle)
  2. Search for an open recall with the VIN number at nhtsa.gov/recalls 
  3.  Contact dealership to coordinate a drop off and pick up appointment
  4. Rent a vehicle, if needed

Who Is Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.?

For over 50 years, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) has been shaping the motorcycle market with their innovative designs and industry-leading technology. Competing against top name brands, KMC provides motorcycles, watercrafts and all-terrain vehicles to consumers. The company’s full-scale product range has helped shape powersports worldwide while offering even more than riding satisfaction.

Which Motorcycles Are Being Recalled?

KMC has announced a recall on certain 2020-2021 models. This is due to an insufficient amount of grease applied to the rear hub housing needle bearings. This is not expected to affect performance or handling but could cause bearing failure. In return, this would result in the rear wheel locking up during operation which presents a crash danger for riders.

The following models are included in the August ’21 recall:

  • Ninja H2, H2 Carbon and H2 SX SE+
  • Ninja ZX-10RR, ZX-10 R ABS and KRT Edition
  • Ninja Z H2 and Z  H2 SE

Who Is Liable for Accidents Caused by A Recall?

If you were involved in an accident that was caused by a defect or malfunction in your [motor] vehicle, the manufacturer can be held liable for damages. Those damages may include, but are not limited to, pain and suffering, lost wages, [motor] vehicle damage and medical expenses.

It’s possible for manufacturer’s to avoid liability for accidents relating to recall defects. In this case, multiple factors in regard to the recall and accident would accessed. Some factors would include evidence, recall notice, nature of the defect, time and date of accident.

If you believe an accident was caused due to the KMC August ’21 recall, consider the following steps:

  1. Preserve evidence
  2. Contact a PI Attorney
  3. Document photos of the damage(s) and the scene
  4. Keep record of mechanical services, notices and additional paperwork