Zero S and DS Motorcycles Recalled
The voluntary recalls refers to some 160 electric motorcycles built between July 2009 and March 2011, as follows: 2009 Zero S models built from September 9, 2009, through December 22, 2009; 2009 Zero DS models built from July 27, 2009, through December 28, 2009; 2010 Zeros S models built from February 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011; and 2010 Zero DS models built from February. 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.
In the notification posted on the NHTSA website, the company says the front brake caliper bracket may experience permanent deformation when subjected to high braking loads. The direct consequence of such a problem is that it could cause misalignment of the pads with the rotor, thus increasing the risk of a crash and potential injury or death of the rider.
Zero Motorcycles informs owners of affected two-wheeled vehicles that dealers will replace the front brake caliper bracket with a re-designed component, and replace the front brake pads if they have experienced abnormal wear. Dealers will also inspect the brake fluid. As expected, this service will be free of charge.
Owners of the models in question are also recommended to stop using the motorcycle immediately and contact the closest U.S. dealership. The safety recall on the Zero S and DS motorcycles is expected to begin this month.