Electric Motorcycles Recalled Over Braking Issue

Zero Motorcycles has made something of a name for itself in the electric motorcycle market, especially as it comes to models targeted toward police and the military. It also makes consumer models, and now some of them are being recalled over a potentially bad brake problem.

The recall, which owners of 2011-2012 DS and S models built on or prior to March 8, 2012, are impacted by, focuses upon the front caliper mounting bolts. They apparently are susceptible to corrosion, which could lead to their cracking and possible fracture. 268 units in total are affected by this issue.

2012-Zero-DS

image via Zero Motorcycles

A recall notice up on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website details more of what would happen were the bolts to fail, indicating that if it fractured,

the caliper may come loose and interfere with the rotation of the front wheel. This could cause the front wheel to stop suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Zero Motorcycles dealers will replace the front caliper bolts on the electric motorcycles for their riders. As for how this recall notice came about, a company owned and operated model S from 2012 experienced the exact problem at the heart of the issue back in late April while being ridden by an employee in the Netherlands. This resulted in a crash.

Owners wanting more information on the free fix are advised to call the company at 1-888-841-8085, or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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