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NHTSA Recall Notice [rear brake]
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:42:07 am »
Just saw this posted on another mail server:

Report Date :
July 27, 2012 at 08:10 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number :  12V343000

Vehicle Make / Model:  KAWASAKI / CONCOURS 14
Model Year(s): 2008-2012
Manufacturer: KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 18, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V343000

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,289

Summary:
Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Concours 14 (ZG1400 A/B/C/D) motorcycles. Due to a gap between the brake pedal and guard, small
stone or debris can become trapped, creating a brake drag. This can cause the rear brake to overheat, leading to rear brake damage and lock-up or
failure of the rear brakes. The front brakes may also be affected on ZG1400C models.

Consequence:
If the brakes lock up or fail, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear master cylinder rod end and remove the brake guard (if installed), free of charge.
The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, July 30, 2012. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381.

Notes:
Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to
http://www.safercar.gov.

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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 06:47:56 am »
Wasn't the earlier recall to install the guard?
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 07:24:07 am »
It doesn't work.  It's about time they did something about this.  And now we know approximately how many units have been sold in the US as all the bikes should have these guards.

Thanks, Accbiker, for bringing this to our attention!  :goodpost:
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 07:28:48 am »
I wonder how many bikes are affected by this recall?

Edited because of stupidity.

Duh, maybe if I could read?

Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,289
« Last Edit: July 30, 2012, 08:25:34 am by Conrad »
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 07:29:47 am »
Probably all of them but the newest of the new 12s.
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2012, 07:42:47 am »
There is a police bike variant recall as well.  It's for the electrical system, though.

http://blog.motorcycle.com/2012/04/05/manufacturers/kawasaki/police-spec-kawasaki-concours-14-recalled/

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=95.msg121814#msg121814

Please post any comments on the police bike to the thread above.  Thanks.
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2012, 12:42:32 pm »
That's a hoot....I burn up my rear brakes due to the pebble-wedgie-syndrome prior to the original tech notice, never get a real notice from Kaw even though I had the complete rear brake system replaced (under warranty...good dealer), still to this date never got a notice, and NOW they say they will be sending out notices to have the pebble-wedgie-protector removed, and a new system installed.....bwaaaa haaaaaaa....
won't be holding my breath waiting for that letter. :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :hitfan:

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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2012, 04:42:18 pm »
Jim, you think the latest models may not be affected? Any idea what the cutoff date might be? (I bought my 2012 in late April.)
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2012, 05:48:52 pm »
Usually what happens is that at some point bikes still in production get the 'fixes'.  Kwak HQ knows which bikes these are vs the ones already out in the field.  We also don't know when they started development on the fix either.  I really wouldn't worry about it.  I'm not.  I know I'm affected but I'm not going to stop riding my bike, but that's your call to make.
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2012, 06:02:44 pm »
If you want to know if your bike is affected by the recall, navigate to this web page and put in your vin number (serial).  I put mine in and I'm affected. 

http://www.kawasaki.com/DefaultFrame.aspx?strContentURL=/SITE/VIVEHICLEINFORMATION/VICHOOSEVEHICLE.ASP
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2012, 06:22:32 pm »
If you want to know if your bike is affected by the recall, navigate to this web page and put in your vin number (serial).  I put mine in and I'm affected. 

http://www.kawasaki.com/DefaultFrame.aspx?strContentURL=/SITE/VIVEHICLEINFORMATION/VICHOOSEVEHICLE.ASP



Thanks!


I checked and my 2009 is affected too.  Gotta call the dealer next week.

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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2012, 10:05:38 pm »
Your bike and black bikes in general go so slow that there really isn't a need for a second backup braking system.  You could use your boots to slow down.
QFT.  If it's on the net, it's gotta be true, doubly so since a mod in metal confirmed factualy true what we have been saying for years.

I am interested in just what they change/design that corrects what the first "fix" failed at? 

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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2012, 04:54:06 am »
From what I've seen on the 'net it appears they've redesigned the rod from the master cylinder to the pedal.
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2012, 06:05:44 am »
Thanks for the link above Jim. My bike is affected too.

Here's the notice.

http://www.kawasaki.com/site/kawasaki/techpubs/English/recalls/MC12-05.pdf

"What Kawasaki and your dealer will do:

Your Kawasaki dealer will correct this problem for you at no charge. The correction will consist of removing the brake guard (if installed) and replacing the rear master cylinder rod end. The actual repair will take up to 30 minutes but may take longer due to scheduling at the dealership and the time needed to obtain required parts."

I have to wonder how a redesigned master cylinder rod end is going to prevent the issue?
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Re: NHTSA Recall Notice for 2008-2012 Concours 14
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2012, 06:49:26 am »
Thanks for the link above Jim. My bike is affected too.

Looks like the 2011 is also affected.

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I have to wonder how a redesigned master cylinder rod end is going to prevent the issue?

I, too, am curious.  And I think only photos will help to answer the question.
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