Recall News: Yamaha Recalls 11,280 YZF-R3 Motorcycles For Possible Oil Pump Failure

The oil pump in the recalled units may not properly regulate oil, causing the engine to seize.

Yamaha R3 recall
Yamaha's R3 sportbike is on the recall list for an oil pump issue affecting 2015 and 2016 models.©Motorcyclist
The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: June 23, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V459000
Component(s): Engine
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11,280
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

THE RECALL: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles manufactured from January 1, 2015, to April 15, 2016. Due to an oil pump problem, the oil pressure in these motorcycles may not be properly regulated. As a result, the oil pump drive gear may fail and cause the engine to seize from lack of oil supply.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: If the engine seizes from a lack of oil supply, the rear wheel may lock up suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the oil pump, free of charge. The recall began July 5, 2016. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990105.

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.