RECALL NEWS: Yamaha Recalls 2015 YZF-R3 Sportbike For Defective Triple Clamp

Yamaha is recalling 16 R3 sportbikes for a faulty upper triple clamp that can crack while riding.

2015 YZF-R3 recalled for an incorrectly manufactured upper triple clamp.©Motorcyclist
Yamaha has recalled 16 R3 sportbikes for a defective triple clamp that could crack while riding.©Motorcyclist

The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: September 23, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V593000
Component(s): Steering
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

THE RECALL: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 YZFR3 motorcycles manufactured from January 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015. The affected motorcycles may have an incorrectly manufactured upper triple clamp (handle crown) that may crack while riding.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: If the upper triple clamp fractures, a loss of steering control may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Yamaha will notify customers, and dealers will replace the upper triple clamp with a new one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015. Owners may contact Yamaha's customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's recall number is 990099.

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.