RECALL NEWS: Yamaha Motor USA Announces Recall Of 2015 YZF-R1M

Yamaha's new Öhlins-equipped superbike joins the list of recalls for 2015.

The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: April 14, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V221000
Component(s): Suspension
Potential Number of Units Affected: NA
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

THE RECALL: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 YZFR1M motorcycles manufactured from January 19, 2015 to March 23, 2015. The affected motorcycles may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear shock absorber. The nut on the damper rod for these shock absorbers may loosen, resulting in a loss of damping and the possible disassembling of the shock. Transport Canada also announced the recall of 62 YZF-R1M units for the same issue (see the Canadian recall HERE).

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: If the piston rod nut loosens, shock absorber performance would be affected, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorcycles and replace any affected rear shock absorbers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990095.

MORE RECALL INFORMATION: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.