Suzuki Recalls 12 Motorcycle Models in the US

The North American division of Suzuki has recently issued a recall on a 73,426 motorcycles from the 2008-2010 model years due to an electrical issue. The recall campaign affects 12 different models built between July 2007 and September 2009.

According to the safety notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the regulator and rectifier assemblies on certain models may lack sufficient adhesion between the power module and the rectifier case.

As the power module heats up, the circuit board may deform, causing the module to lift off from the case. This can cause excessive heat and uncontrolled electric current output, affecting the discharge of the battery and potentially leading the engine to stall or fail to start.

It appears that Suzuki first received a report of rectifier failure in July 2008, following which it has introduced a couple of countermeasures including a new production process from the supplier. The company has further continued to monitor the situation and in September 2010, restarted an investigation into the failures. Between July 2008 and December 2010, Suzuki received 180 reports from U.S. distributors.

Suzuki will replace the regulator/rectifier units of the affected models with an improved part at no charge for the consumers.

The recall affects the following models:

• 2008-2009 Suzuki AN400 (Burgman 400)
• 2008-2009 Suzuki DL1000 (V-Strom 1000)
• 2008-2009 Suzuki GSF1250 (Bandit 1250)
• 2008-2009 Suzuki GSX-R600
• 2008-2009 Suzuki GSX-R750
• 2008 Suzuki GSX1300B (B-King)
• 2008-2010 Suzuki GSX1300R (Hayabusa)
• 2008-2009 Suzuki GSX650F
• 2009-2010 Suzuki SFV650 (Gladius)
• 2008-2010 Suzuki VL800
• 2008-2009 Suzuki VLR1800
• 2009-2010 Suzuki VZ1500
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