Honda Recalls Motorcycles with Defective Universal Joint

Honda Recalls Motorcycles with Defective Universal Joint
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December 29, 2015

A potentially fragile driveshaft may make some Honda motorcycles unsafe for riders.

The American Honda Motor Company is issuing a recall for certain model year 2010, 2012 and 2013 VFR1200F and VFR1200FD motorcycles. Manufacturing errors may result in the affected motorcycles having driveshaft universal joint bearings that may prematurely wear, which can cause the universal joint to separate or break.

If the universal joint separates, the motorcycle can stall. If the universal joint breaks, it may interfere with the swing arm and lock the rear wheel. Either condition could increase the risk of a crash.

Honda is including about 1,800 motorcycles in this recall.

Honda will be notify owners, and dealers will replace the driveshaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2015, however parts may not be available until mid-2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Honda customer service at (800) 999-1009.