Zero Motors announces modest recall for potentially catastrophic motor failure


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Undesirable information for people rooting for electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero – the brand is recalling 94 bikes created in between December 26, 2013 and February 18, 2014. This is the second recall for the small-scale producer in the past year, following a bigger, 268-unit recall in August.

Much more troubling, though, is the reason the bikes are being recalled. According to the notification from the National Highway Visitors Safety Administration, the motor’;s rotor could make get in touch with with the stator (the stationary part of an electric motor) even though the bike is in movement. Should this take place, the rear tire could seize. We shouldn’;t really need to clarify why this would be poor.

The recall impacts particular bikes in the 2014 S, SR, DS and FX lines. Possibly the sole scrap of great news right here is that the recalled bikes do cover a really modest selection of dates – much less than 2 months. You can see the affected date assortment for each model in the press release.

Zero will commence its recall campaign this month, and will test and change impacted motors totally free of charge. Get a appear below for the total notification from NHTSA.

Report Receipt Date: MAR 12, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Quantity: 14V119000
Component(s):
Possible Amount of Units Affected: 94

Manufacturer: Zero Motorcycles Inc.
SUMMARY:
Zero Motorcycles, Inc. (Zero) is recalling specified model yr 2014 Zero SR motorcycles produced December 30, 2013, by means of February twenty, 2014, 2014 Zero S motorcycles manufactured December 26, 2013, via February 18, 2014, Zero DS motorcycles produced January 24, 2013, by way of February 4, 2014, and 2014 Zero FX motorcycles produced January 14, 2014, through January 27, 2014. Due to a possible manufacturing defect, the motor rotor could get in touch with the stator while riding.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the rotor contacts the stator, the motor could seize, locking up the rear wheel which could enhance the threat of a crash.
Treatment:
Zero will notify owners, and dealers will test the motor and if it fails testing, exchange it, free of charge. The recall is anticipated to start in April 2014. Owners may possibly get in touch with Zero at one-888-786-9316 (one-888-RUN-ZERO).
NOTES:
Owners might also speak to the National Highway Visitors Safety Administration Vehicle Security Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY one-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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