Five Recalls Issued by Suzuki Due to Potentially Unsafe Motorcycles
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January 11, 2016

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has announced several motorcycle recalls due to various safety defects.

The manufacturer is issuing two recalls to fix defects in more than 2,400 model year 2014-2015 DL1000 motorcycles. The ignition switch terminals of the affected vehicles may corrode if they come into contact with liquid such as salt water. The motorcycle's electrical power may be disconnected or the switch may be bypassed, preventing the engine from being shut off with the ignition key. If electrical power is lost, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

In addition, Suzuki will fix an issue pertaining to a faulty battery connection. In the same models, the battery ground connection may have poor electrical conductivity, due to corrosion or being attached to the painted engine case. As a result, the engine may stall and be unable to be restarted, increasing the risk of a crash.

Next, Suzuki is recalling about 2,400 2014-2016 DL1000 motorcycles. The affected motorcycles have a wiring harness that may rub against the bottom of the fuel tank. Vibration from riding may cause the wiring insulation to wear off, allowing a bare wire to short circuit against the fuel tank. As a result, a short circuit may cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

For these three recalls, the manufacturer will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorcycles and perform any repairs free of charge. These recalls are expected to begin on January 22, 2016.

Suzuki is also recalling about 6,200 model year 2013-2014 SFV650 and AN650A, and 2012-2014 DL650A motorcycles. Contamination from component production and storage, combined with manufacturing variations, may result in excessive tappet and camshaft wear within the engines of the affected motorcycles. This wear could result in an engine stall, increasing the chance of a crash.

Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tappet clearance, replacing the tappets and camshafts, as necessary. All motorcycles that have less than 2500 miles will have their tappets and camshafts replaced since wear may not be evident. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 1, 2016.

Finally, the manufacturer is issuing a recall for nearly 300 model year 2013 Suzuki SFV650, 2014 Suzuki SFV650, and 2015 Suzuki SFV650 motorcycles. During assembly of the motorcycle, the fuel tank breather hose may have not been positioned properly and may become kinked. If the fuel tank breather hose is kinked, pressure may build inside the fuel tank and cause the tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tank breather hose. If the existing breather hose was found to be kinked and obstructed, the fuel tank will also be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall was expected to begin on January 8, 2016.

Owners with questions about any of these recalls can contact Suzuki customer service at (714) 572-1490.