Recall News: Yamaha Recalls YZF-R3 Motorcycles For Potential Clutch Failure

Riders of the R3 F/G sportbikes affected by this recall may not be able to disengage the clutch while riding.

2015-16 Yamaha R3 recall
A clutch pressure plate bearing failure could prevent the rider from disengaging the clutch while rider. Owners of 2015 and 2016 R3 models should have received a notice regarding this recall.©Motorcyclist
The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: June 24, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V460000
Component(s): Powertrain
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. The clutch pressure plate bearing may break due to an insufficient load rating, causing the clutch to not disengage and preventing the transmission from shifting properly.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: If the clutch cannot be disengaged, the rider may not be easily able to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the clutch pressure plate bearing, free of charge. The recall began July 11, 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.